Free NBA Picks Friday 6 March

Free NBA Picks Friday 6 March

NBA Tip 3 months ago

The NBA continues to pick up steam in the lead up to the playoffs and so do we! Ten huge games tonight and a few humungous blockbusters to look forward to, as Donovan Mitchell's Jazz head to Boston, Ja Morant's Grizzlies take on Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in Dallas and Giannis' Bucks visit Los Angeles to throw down with the Lakers.

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Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards

7:00PM ET

Top Pick Against the Spread

Wizards -2.5

It's officially make or break time for the Wizards, and we think they'll get the job done tonight against a Hawks team reeling from one of the worst performances of the season.

The Hawks went 2-2 on a recent four-game homestand, recording quality wins over potential playoff teams in Brooklyn and Portland. However, it was their most recent game - a 127-88 hammering by Memphis - which will stick in the mind of most people. The Hawks were belted from start to finish, shooting just 32.3% from the field and putting up lacklustre effort on both sides of the floor.

While Washington have lost three of their last four games, that was part of an intense west coast road trip which included tight losses to the Jazz and Kings. Bradley Beal has been arguably the hottest player in basketball over the last two months, and now has 25-plus points in 20 straight games, the third longest streak by an Eastern Conference player in the last 20 years.

Beal also happens to love playing against the Hawks. He averages 20.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists against them in 26 career games, and put up 40 in a wild 152-133 win earlier this season.

Washington are now 4 and 1/2 games behind the Magic for the eighth seed in the East and simply must keep winning. We're backing them to get it done in a must-win game.

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Utah Jazz @ Boston Celtics

8:00PM ET

Top Pick Against the Spread

Jazz +4.5

Boston are banged up and getting worse by the day; the Jazz couldn't have picked a better time to come to town.

On Thursday, the Celtics ruled out forward Gordon Hayward (right knee contusion) and swingman Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) for tonight's game. The pair also missed a win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday after sustaining their ailments in a stunning loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

Tuesday night's loss was particularly galling, with the Celtics blowing a 21-point lead and losing in overtime. Wednesday night's performance against the Cavaliers wasn't much better, as they squeaked out a wholly unconvincing 112-106 win. Without Brown and Hayward too much of the scoring load is being left to Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart.

The Jazz, meanwhile, have won three straight as they make a charge for a top 4 spot in the West. Their recent record against the Celtics isn't great, but given the injuries the Celtics have we think it's going to be hard for them to keep up with the scoring of Donovan Mitchell, who dropped 37 points in their matchup last week.

We're backing the Jazz.


Miami Heat @ New Orleans Pelicans

8:00PM ET

Top Pick Against the Spread

Heat +1.5

The Heat are coming off one of the hottest shooting nights in franchise history, and we're backing them to maintain the rage tonight in New Orleans.

The Heat made 22 of 44 3-pointers in a 116-113 home victory against Orlando on Wednesday, surpassing the franchise-record 21 they made against Charlotte during the 2016-17 season. Duncan Robinson had flames shooting out of his fingertips, dropping 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from behind the arc.

After losing to Minnesota to start a five-game homestand, the Heat peeled have off four consecutive wins against Orlando, Dallas, Brooklyn and Milwaukee.

The Pelicans, meanwhile, have lost three straight games to the Lakers, Timberwolves and Mavericks to put a halt to any momentum they had going. The loss to Minnesota was particularly bad, as they gave up 139 points at home to one of the NBA's worst teams. New Orleans are now 1-5 ATS in their last six games at home.

Miami have covered the line in eight of the last nine games between these two teams and are 6-3 straight up in that span. With vital Eastern Conference seeding position on the line, we're backing the Heat.

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Memphis Grizzlies @ Dallas Mavericks

8:30PM ET

Top Pick Against the Spread

Grizzlies +9.5

The Grizz are on the hunt for their fourth straight win tonight and while we don't quite think they're good enough to knock off the Mavericks on the road, we do think they'll do enough to cover this line.

Memphis improved to 31-31 following a 118-79 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, just one night after they demolished the Hawks 127-88. The Grizzlies have been hot as fish grease lately, holding the Lakers, Hawks and Nets to an average of just 85.0 points in their last three games and not allowing any of those teams to score more than 88 points - the first time in the NBA this season a team has held three consecutive teams to 90 points or less.

In the wake of losing Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke to injury, the Grizzlies have made a clear decision to shoot more three-pointers, and it's working - they've made 10, 14 and 20 3-pointers in their last three games.

Memphis have covered four of their last six against Dallas, and we think they'll do it again tonight.


Milwaukee Bucks @Los Angeles Lakers

10:30PM ET

Top Pick Against the Spread

Bucks +1

Potential finals preview in LA, as the Lakers host the league-leading Bucks in a primetime matchup of epic proportions.

In their initial meeting on Dec. 19 in Milwaukee, the Bucks defeated the Lakers, 111-104. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo played a huge role in the outcome with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Not much has changed since then, with both teams continuing on their merry way to the respective top seeds in their conferences. The Lakers have won nine of their last 10, including a thumping 120-107 win over the 76ers on Tuesday in which Anthony Davis collected 37 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.

In many respects, then, this is the immovable object coming up against the unstoppable force. The Bucks have won seven of their last eight and have only lost three of their last 24 games overall. They bounced back from Monday's 105-89 loss to the Miami Heat for a 119-100 win over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

In a situation like that, all we can do is look to recent history between the two. Milwaukee have covered the spread in each of their last five head-to-head matchups with the Lakers, which is more than enough for us. We'll take the Bucks against the spread.

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