Free NBA Picks Today for Sunday, February 27th, 2022

Free NBA Picks Today for Sunday, February 27th, 2022
Sun 27th February 2022

Our free NBA picks are out for Sunday, February 27th, 2022! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.

Look below to find our free NBA picks for the best five games on today’s schedule!

Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks – 1pm ET

We kick things off on Sunday with a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks. The 76ers have won four of their last five games, including their last two in a row, against the Bucks and Timberwolves. The Knicks are currently on a four game losing streak, and this takes their season record to 25-35.

Jeffery Thomas

The New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett will be hoping to build on his awesome career-high performance in the last game when the Knicks host the Sixers on Sunday afternoon. Barrett’s 46 points wasn’t enough when the Knicks took on the Miami Heat on Friday, losing 100-115. Selected third overall by the Knicks in the 2019 draft, he is the first player drafted by them to score at least 46 points in a game since Patrick Ewing reached that amazing feat against the Boston Celtics on March 7, 1995. James Harden made his Philadelphia debut that same night, in a 133-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Harden put up a very impressive stat line of 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 12 assists alongside a double-double by Joel Embiid. They are hoping he is the final piece they need to get to the franchise’s first NBA finals since 2001. The stars love coming to Madison Square Garden and putting on a show, and Philadelphia has two of the biggest stars in the NBA on their roster. Joel Embiid and James Harden could very well be the most deadly duo in the league already and I don’t think the Knicks will have any answers. Expect big games from the stars and an easy cover for Philadelphia.

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Philadelphia Sixers -7 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The James Harden era in Philadelphia got off to a superb start as the 76ers crushed an up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves team 133-102, with Harden scoring 27 points and 12 assists. This newly equipped Sixers squad got off to a hot start and they should only improve from here, especially when they get to face a team as poor as the New York Knicks.

The Knicks continued to struggle in their first game after the All-Star break, falling to the Miami Heat 100-115. One silver lining: R.J. Barrett nearly scored 50 points, giving Knicks fans some hope for the future, despite their terrible season. Things won’t get any easier for them as they face a thriving Sixers squad that has an MVP candidate in Joel Embiid and now a future Hall-of-Famer in James Harden. This game against the Knicks shouldn’t be a problem for Philly. I’ll pick them to cover in this one.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -7 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

Well, if you’re a Knicks fan, at least you have two bright spots to this season: Julius Randle, and the emergence of RJ Barrett as a legitimate threat. The bad news: those are virtually the only two bright spots. They started the year off extremely hot, but have since faltered and are looking more like the Knicks squad we’ve all grown accustomed to. They’ve lost four straight, and now with them taking on a Philadelphia team that looked extremely motivated in James Harden’s debut, I think that streak is about to extend to five. 

Philly, on the other hand, has been one of the best teams in a wide open Eastern Conference all year long, and I think there’s a real chance, at least based on his debut, that adding Harden to the mix with Joel Embiid could end up making this team more dangerous. The one concern is that they had to trade what seemed like every role player they had to get the deal done, but at least for now, it seems to have worked. With this one taking place in arguably the most prestigious arena on Earth, Madison Square Garden, I like the star-studded duo from Philly to come in and get the job done. Give me Sixers with relative ease. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -7 (-110)

Utah Jazz @ Phoenix Suns – 3.30pm ET

The Utah Jazz hit the road on Sunday afternoon in the NBA, when they travel to Footprint Center to take on the Phoenix Suns. The Jazz have won seven of their last eight games, with their only loss in this time coming at the hands of the Lakers 101-106. The Suns had their eight game winning streak snapped last time out, as they went down to the Pelicans, 102-117.

Jeffery Thomas

The Utah Jazz have quietly been one of the best teams in the league in the month of February with a record of 7-1. On Friday night, they got a big 114-109 win over the Dallas Mavericks at home, led by Donovan Mitchell’s 33 points on a career-high seven three pointers. Strong defense down the stretch was the key, as the Jazz held Dallas to one bucket over the 3:12 of the game. Another big key to victory was their shooting from the field which was a robust 54%. Now with a record of 37-22 they sit at fourth in the Western Conference, three games behind the Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix was also in action on Friday night against the Pelicans, suffering a rare loss by the score of 102-117. They had won eight straight and 19 of 20, but now are still trying to find a way to adjust to life without injured All-Star guard Chris Paul. 

New Orleans had jumped out to a 81-95 lead by the end of the third quarter and cruised to a win in their first game back from the All-Star break. This will be another tough test for the defending Western Conference champions, but they will at least have the home court advantage on their side in this one. You can look at these teams recent performances and it’ll look like an even matchup on paper or even a slight advantage to Phoenix. But without Chris Paul, this Suns team just doesn’t have that same offensive fluidity that is needed to take out the best teams in the league, and that’s the tier that Utah falls in. With Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker going at it, this sets up as a very entertaining matchup but Mitchell will have more help from his teammates and I see the Jazz string of wins continuing on the road on Sunday. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-102)

Michael Lantz

In this battle between two Western Conference juggernauts the Utah Jazz travel to “The Valley” to take on the NBA’s best team in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are trying to continue their impressive season without star guard Chris Paul, who is out for some time with a hand injury. In the first game without Paul, the Suns had no problem dominating as they cruised by the Oklahoma City Thunder. But when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, they had more issues as they fell 102-117. They’ll hope to readjust in time to face a Utah Jazz team that’s very good on both sides of the ball.

After starting off the winter on bumpy roads, the Utah Jazz are finally healthy and thriving. Utah has won seven of their last eight, including a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday that felt very much like a playoff matchup. These two played back-to-backs at the end of January, with the Suns taking both contests. But now the Jazz have the upper hand due to Paul being absent for the Suns. I’ll pick the Jazz team to continue their impressive run and take down the kings of the Western Conference.

Michael’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-102)

Noah Dunlap 

What a matchup this is going to be. We get the best team in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns, hosting the Utah Jazz, a team that, when healthy, has been one of the best regular season teams the NBA has had for the past three or four seasons. With Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and DeAndre Ayton leading the way for Phoenix, they’ve managed to run out to a 49-11 record, although it is worth pointing out that they’re now without Paul, who is out for a time due to injury. 

Utah, on the other hand, is finally looking more and more like the Jazz team that we all expected to see, after they went through a horrible stretch just past the turn of the new year, as that was a span that they were without Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell for much of. Now that they are both back healthy and playing well, they’ve won seven of eight, and I actually like their chances of pushing to climb to at least the three seed out West, and potentially challenging Golden State for the two. In this one, with Phoenix having to adjust to life without Chris Paul, which didn’t go so well in their last outing, a loss to New Orleans, I’m going to take Utah to travel south and pick up a big win on the road. I think it ends up being close, but give me the Jazz by a nose. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-102)

Boston Celtics @ Indiana Pacers – 5pm ET

The Boston Celtics wrap up their three game road trip on Sunday night in the NBA, when they take on the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics have won 11 of their last 12 games, including their last two in a row, which brings their season record to 36-26. The Pacers are on the opposite side of things in terms of their recent results, losing eight of their last nine games.

Jeffery Thomas

The Boston Celtics will be on the back to back after getting their 11th win in 12 games on Saturday with a 113-104 victory over the Pistons. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 53 points and led the way in avenging their loss to the Pistons a few games back. It was a tight game well into the second half, but they were able to take advantage of Cade Cunningham’s foul trouble and repeatedly attack him on defense. Offensively though, Cade was a handful for the Celtics as he was the only Piston that topped 20 points. This recent surge by Boston has the 3 seed in the East well in range, with them now only sitting 1.5 games back of Philadelphia. Indiana will bring their retooled lineup into this Sunday game against the Cs and they continue to be impressed with their new additions. 

Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton are averaging team highs of 21.8 and 19.4 respectively through their first five games with the organization. They also got back guard Malcolm Brogdon in their last game, which was a 125-129 loss to the Thunder. Brogdon had missed 15 games due to an Achilles injury and scored 15 points in his return. Friday’s loss was their 8th in 9 games and things won’t get any easier in this matchup Sunday. Even with the rest advantage and home court advantage, this game will be an uphill battle for the Pacers. The Pistons gave Boston all they could handle and that may have some people thinking the Pacers have a chance to do the same, but that Pistons team is scrappy and just knows how to play the Celtics (already got a win on them February 16). Indiana has the pieces for a bright future but Boston’s team is set for a strong run in the present tense and they will impose their will on another inferior opponent on Sunday. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics -7 (-110)

Michael Lantz

After a sloppy start to the season, the Boston Celtics are starting to roll. They’ve won 11 of 12, with their one loss being a one-point defeat to the Detroit Pistons. Now the Celtics are starting to look like one of the top teams in the East as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are putting up great stats and the addition of Derrick White has been outstanding. On Sunday evening they’ll take on an Indiana Pacers team that has a subpar record, but is fully capable of pulling an upset.

The Pacers have lost eight of their last nine, but they’re never lacking on offense. New additions Tyrese Halliburton and Buddy Hield have been putting up big points, but the team’s defense has still been incredibly lackluster. That won’t fly against a Celtics team that has plenty of scorers. I can’t foresee the Pacers having what it takes to knock off one of the league’s hottest teams, so I’ll take the Celtics to cover. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics -7 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

The Boston Celtics are playing like the hottest team in the NBA as of late, having won 11 of their last 12, and showing no signs of wanting to slow down. They were expected to be really good coming into this season, but early on their defense was absolutely atrocious, and they simply couldn’t shoot. Now however, the shooting has improved, as has the defense, and with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum leading the way, they’ve become a team that you have to keep your eye on in terms of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. 

Now they take on an Indiana Pacers team that has been a major disappointment all year long. The Pacers have one of the best offenses in the league, yet they’ve still lost eight of their last nine, largely due to the fact that they can’t seem to play any type of defense at all. They made a huge splash at the trade deadline, trading Domantas Sabonis for Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, and while they’ve been putting up major numbers on the offensive side of the ball, the defense remains atrocious. I think their offense is able to keep them in this one for a while, but in the end, the lack of being able to stop anyone causes them to drop another one, pushing their horrendous streak to losing nine of the last ten. I like Boston to travel south to Indianapolis and get a win, close, but not too stressful. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Boston Celtics -7 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks @ Golden State Warriors – 7.30pm ET

The road trip continues on for the Dallas Mavericks, and on Sunday night they hit the road once again to take on the Golden State Warriors. The Mavericks have won six of their last eight, but last time out they did lose to the Jazz, 109-114. The Warriors put an end to their losing streak last time out, which stood at two in a row, as they got the win last time out 132-95, over the Trail Blazers.

Jeffery Thomas

The Warriors returned from the All-Star break in emphatic fashion, routing the Blazers by a score of 132-95. Steph Curry had 18 points and 14 assists and Klay Thompson added 18 points of his own, to snap the Warriors run of four losses in five games. Curry had his double-double reached in the first half actually, something he hadn’t done since December 2017. They got a lot of run for their second unit due to leading by 37 in the second half. No starters played in the fourth quarter and they had eight players in double figures, a feat a Warriors team hadn’t accomplished since 2009. Dallas’ return from the break wasn’t as successful as they dropped a tough one in Utah 109-114. 

Luka Doncic had a near triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds but shots just weren’t falling down the stretch and was ultimately what lost them the game. Dwight Powell had a season-high 22 points and trade deadline acquisition Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points of his own, and they’ll look to build on those performances on Sunday. Steph vs Luka will be a very fun matchup and we should see a lot of points and threes raining in in this game. These two teams split the two games they played last month, with the Warriors getting the most recent one. Golden State was at home for that game that they won by 38 and is at home for this one as well. I don’t expect another 30+ point win but with the difference in talent gaps on these rosters, the Warriors should have no problem covering this short home spread. 

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -4 (-110)

Michael Lantz

The Dallas Mavericks have gone from an offensive juggernaut to a team that’s focused on their defense. It’s kept them a major threat in the Western Conference and they’ll look to ride that along with Luka Doncic’s impressive play, to a playoff run. They had a great chance to prove their worth on Friday against the Utah Jazz, but they fell 109-114, after Luka Doncic was locked down by Jazz center Rudy Gobert. They’ll look to rebound on Sunday against a Golden State Warriors team that could very well be the best in the West.

Golden State lost four of five going into the All-Star break, which had many questioning how lethal this team can be without Draymond Green. Well, the team temporarily shut its critics down on Thursday as they obliterated the Portland Trail Blazers 132-95. They had eight players score in double digits, as they hope to carry that momentum into Sunday’s game against the Mavericks. The last time these two met, the Warriors ran wild beating the Mavericks 130-92. There isn’t much to make me think the Mavericks can approve upon this; even though their defense is strong, the Warriors defense is likely stronger. Plus with shooters like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on the floor for the Warriors, they should have no problem winning this one. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -4 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

This is another Sunday matchup that should be extremely intriguing. The Golden State Warriors have been the second best team in the NBA for much of the year, apart from a few cold stretches that they’ve gone through, including one that they were in, at least until they destroyed the Portland Trail Blazers in their first game back from the All-Star Break. With Klay Thompson having finally returned, and both Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins playing like All-Stars this season (which they were), this is a Warriors team that has the ability to knock off anyone on any given night, primarily due to the absurd offense that they can court night in and night out. 

They take on a Dallas Mavericks team in this one that has been really good for virtually the entire year, sitting in the middle of the pack in terms of the Western Conference playoff picture. The problem that I have with this Mavs team is that they’ve been virtually singularly reliant on Luka Doncic to lead the way all year long, and now that’s only gotten worse with them dealing Kristaps Porzingis before the trade deadline. So far, Luka has been able to manage that, but I question how long that lasts, and I think it comes to a close in this one, against a Golden State team that is one of the most balanced in the league. Give me the Warriors at home, as I think they manage to at least slow down Luka, and pull off a relatively easy win. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Golden State Warriors -4 (-110)

Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers – 9pm ET

In one of the last games in the NBA for Sunday, we will see two teams from the Northwest Division clash. The Denver Nuggets are playing on back-to-back nights, and last time out they beat the Kings, 115-110. The Trail Blazers had their four game winning streak snapped last time out, thanks to the Warriors, 95-132.

Jeffery Thomas

Portland had a 4 game winning streak going into the All-Star break, but it was snapped in the first game back by the Warriors by a score of 95-132. The Blazers had jumped out to a 9-19 lead in the first quarter but it didn’t last. Anfernee Simons continued his impressive scoring run with 24 points but there was not much contributed by others to help him. The team only scored 16 points in the 3rd quarter and it was clear the loss of Jusuf Nurkic was too big for them to overcome. Now with a matchup against MVP candidate big man Nikola Jokic, they could be in for a world of hurt.

It was a triple-double for Jokic on Saturday against the Kings in Denver’s 115-110 win over the Sacramento Kings. Aaron Gordon led the way for Denver in the scoring department with 23 points and Monte Morris was right behind him at 21. The win kept them at arms distance from the play-in tournament field and the Timberwolves who are 3 games back from them. The Nuggets will be on the back-to-back in this one and making the trip to Portland but as mentioned before, the Blazers are just too short-handed to be trusted. Jokic will feast, probably going for another triple-double on their backup center and his performance alone will be enough to carry the Nuggets to the win and the contributions of his supporting cast will get them the cover.

Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets -8 (-110)

Michael Lantz

While the Portland Trail Blazers continue to hold onto play-in chances, it seems their time is running out. They traded away CJ McCollum and Norman Powell, have likely lost Damian Lillard for the season, and now are without Jusef Nurkic for around a month. Even though Anfernee Simons and Josh Hart are giving their all on offense, this team will have a hard time fending off the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs for the 10th seed.

The Denver Nuggets will in no way make things easier for them, as Nikola Jokic is once again playing like an MVP, averaging 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. As the season progresses, Jokic is feeling the weight lifted off his shoulders as players like Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, and Monte Morris are starting to turn into solid scoring options. The Nuggets only sit half a game out of the Dallas Mavericks’ fifth seed spot and with Dallas facing the Warriors on Sunday, the Nuggets could definitely swipe their position. I expect them to as this Portland team is just becoming too depleted to compete. 

Michael’s NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets -8 (-110)

Noah Dunlap 

In a bizarre twist, the Portland Trail Blazers have played better this season without Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum in the lineup. They also don’t have to worry about either of those anymore, as Dame is almost certainly out for the year after having surgery, and they recently traded McCollum to New Orleans. While they did get blown out by the Warriors in their last game, they had won four straight coming into that one, and are just playing better overall. 

Now they get a Denver Nuggets team that has actually been a reasonably big disappointment all year long, and while part of that is due to injuries, it’s also simply due to the fact that Nikola Jokic can’t seem to get any help from the rest of the roster. Jokic is playing once again like an MVP, but the rest of the team can’t give him any help. This has proven to be problematic all year long, but in this one, I think he finds a way to dominate, so I’m still going to lean Denver by a nose, on the road in Portland. 

Noah’s NBA Pick: Denver Nuggets (-350)

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