NBA Basketball Picks - Daily ATS Predictions

Do you like to bet on the games, but don't have enough time to properly handicap one game let alone the whole card? Do you find that your NBA picks don't win enough to turn a profit? Most beginners or novice sports bettors will answer "yes" to at least one of these questions. If that is you then you've come to the right place. If you didn't, then don't run off, we're sure that you could use our handicappers' opinions to get more of a consensus pick on the games or some tidbit on a matchup that you missed. Our team here at SBS use different methods to come up with their suggested point spread and total selections, but in the end each one offers up fully researched predictions that they feel offer the best wagering value on the betting board. Make sure you make SBS one of your daily stops for free betting predictions from the day's pro basketball card that you can bet on!

Sunday Jun 20, 2021
Atlanta might be down a couple of dudes, but can Trae Young carry this team for one game? Yes, he can. Also, four of the six games in this series have been decided by five points or less. They might not win this game outright, but we like the Hawks plus the points for our free NBA betting pick for Sunday.
 
Free Pick: 
Take Atlanta +7
Wednesday Jun 16, 2021

With a healthy Leonard, the Clippers were going to be our pick here for Game 5. But without him, no way. Los Angeles played 36-16 SU, 31-21 ATS this season with Leonard, 11-9 SU, 8-11 ATS without him. So they're basically about a .500 team without him. Meanwhile, Utah played 7-2 both SU and ATS this season against teams that finished within five games of .500. We're betting the Jazz here for our free NBA pick for Wednesday, and we'll get down quick before that line goes any higher. 

Free Pick: 
Take the Jazz -7
Tuesday Jun 08, 2021

Big Mo rides with Atlanta into Game 2, and that means a bunch to us when handicapping this contest. Meanwhile, we didn't think Embiid would play in Game 1, then he did and wonderfully, but it didn't matter because he didn't get a whole lotta help. And Embiid is still hurting and again listed as questionable. Finally, how 'bout that Hawks' record under Coach McMillan?! We like Atlanta, again, for our free NBA playoffs betting pick.                                                                                                              

Free Pick: 
Take the Hawks
Sunday Jun 06, 2021

We've said from the beginning we thought the Clippers were the better team here and would win this series and we see no reason to walk that back now. Dallas might have Doncic but LA has Leonard, who's come up big in spots like this before. Plus, we gotta believe the home team will win at least once in this series. So we're taking the Clippers here, minus the points, for our free NBA playoffs pick for Sunday.  

Free Pick: 
Take the Clippers -6.5
Wednesday Jun 02, 2021

Momentum sailed with the Clippers back to LA as their patience paid off. Los Angeles began this series as a -375 favorite to win it; it's now lined at -395. Meanwhile, the Mavericks' best player is ailing. Also, LA led the Association in free-throw shooting this season at 84 percent, and those free-throws come in real handy when trying to put a game away and cover a spread. We like the Clippers here, minus the points, for our free NBA playoffs pick for Wednesday.

Free Pick: 
Take the Clippers -7 -115
Tuesday Jun 01, 2021

Portland won Game 4 of this series comfortably while getting basically no help from Damian Lillard. Our guess is the Blazers guard will shoot a little better than 1/10 from the floor Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Denver just isn't the same team right now that it was even two months ago. We liked Portland to win this series before it began, and we're betting the Blazers to take this Game 5.  

Free Pick: 
Take the Blazers +2
Wednesday May 26, 2021

Utah's the better team here and not likely to go down 2-0 at home. The Jazz also shot just 12/47 from 3-point land in Game 1 of this series, but our assumption is they'll improve upon that mark in Game 2. Also, Utah swept three games from Memphis during the regular season and led two of those games basically by double-digits throughout. Plus, it looks like they're getting Mitchell back. We don't put a whole lot of credence in the "zig-zag" theory of NBA basketball betting, but we're playing it here. We like the Jazz, minus the points.        

Free Pick: 
Take the Jazz -9.5
Tuesday May 25, 2021

LA led the Association in 3-point shooting this season, then couldn't buy one in Game 1. You'd think the Clippers might shoot a little better from long-range Tuesday night. Also, our guess is this series goes seven games, which leads us to believe LA will bounce back here. We don't always abide by the "zig-zag" theory of NBA playoff betting, but we're going that way in this spot. We'll give the points here and bet the Clippers for our free NBA playoff pick for Tuesday.  

Free Pick: 
Take the Clippers -7
Sunday May 23, 2021

New York swept the season series from Atlanta. The Knicks are also the best defensive team in the NBA and they own the better record against playoff qualifiers. Finally, we get the feeling the 15,000 fans at MSG tonight will sound like 30,000. We like the Knicks here for our free NBA pick for Sunday. 

 

Free Pick: 
Take NY -1
Wednesday May 19, 2021
Golden State's Steph Curry led the league in scoring this season, but Los Angeles led the league in defense. And in a match-up like this, we almost always bet on the defense. Plus, while the Warriors stole one game from the Lakers early this season, LA romped over Golden State in the other two meetings. We expect something similar here. So we like the Lakers here, minus the points.
 
Free Pick: 
Take the Lakers -5

Since star power in the NBA rises to the top come playoff time, going chalk with the Lakers in the West makes the most sense as the best bet at plus money on the NBA futures board.    

Free Pick: 
Take the Lakers at +125 to Win the West
Sunday Oct 11, 2020
The Heat really extended themselves Friday and still almost lost. They also benefited from a couple of calls late in the game. But things like that tend to balance out over the course of two or three games. Also, Miami's win Friday helps temper the line on this Game 6 by a bucket or so. We like Los Angeles minus the points for our free NBA pick for Sunday.
 
Free Pick: 
Take the Lakers -5.5
Friday Oct 09, 2020

Adebayo's return is essential; he does things nobody else on his team can do. With three games decided by double-digits, this series is due for a game that goes right down to the final seconds. They might not win this one outright, but we like the Heat plus the points here

Free Pick: 
Take the Heat plus the points
Tuesday Oct 06, 2020
The Heat won Sunday without Adebayo and Dragic, but we can't help but believe that was a fluke. Miami probably won't shoot 51 percent from the floor again Tuesday, and Los Angeles probably won't commit 20 turnovers again. The Heat's victory Sunday served to temper the spread on this game, dimming it by a bucket. We like the Lakers, minus the points, for our free NBA pick on Game 4.
 
Free Pick: 
Take the Lakers -8
Wednesday Sep 30, 2020
The Lakers are led by two great players in LeBron and the Brow, but we're a little dubious of their supporting cast. The Heat, meanwhile, are stirred by Jimmy Butler, and we prefer his supporting cast; five different Miami players have led them in scoring at least once in these playoffs. Plus, the Heat are 7-3, both SU and ATS as underdogs this postseason. We like Miami and the points for our free pick on Game 1.
 
 
Free Pick: 
Take the Heat +4.5
Sunday Sep 27, 2020
Boston's been favored for every game in this series but lost three times outright. Also, the "zig-zag" theory is 3-1 ATS in this series. Miami had a lead Friday night but allowed Boston to roar back; that won't happen again. And our guess is the Heat will shoot at least a little better from 3-point range than they did in Game 5—we like Miami here, plus the points, for our free NBA pick for Sunday.
 
Free Pick: 
Miami +3
Friday Sep 25, 2020

We're 2-2 ATS picking this series, taking Boston in Game 1, then Miami the last three games. The Celtics have been favored for all four games in this series, by two, three, 3.5, and 3.5 points, but the points haven't mattered once, with the Heat winning three games outright. Miami's got the best player in this series in Jimmy Butler, Adebayo's been great, and rookie Tyler Herro broke out with 37 points in Game 4. We're sticking with the Heat for our free NBA pick on this Game 5.

Free Pick: 
Take the Miami Heat +3.5
Wednesday Sep 23, 2020

The Celtics shot 48 percent from floor Saturday; we're dubious as to whether they'll shoot that well again Wednesday. Same goes for the Heat; we expect them to shoot better than 39 percent. And we still believe Jimmy Butler is the best player in this series. We're not usually big believers in the “zig-zag” betting theory but this looks like a good spot for it. We'll take Miami and the points for our free NBA playoffs pick for Wednesday. 

Free Pick: 
Take Miami +3.5

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