Free NBA Picks Today for Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Free NBA Picks Today for Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Thu 29th April 2021

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Dallas Mavericks @ Detroit Pistons – 7PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons face off for the second time in eight nights with the Mavs looking to make it two from two for the season. Detroit has already ruled out Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee, so it will be interesting to see which young players step up for them in this one. 

Both Grant and Plumlee played in Monday night’s surprise win over the in-form Hawks where the Pistons used a 26-19 last quarter to put the game on ice. Grant top scored with 18 while the strong rookie center, Isaiah Stewart, had team highs of 11 board and four blocks. 

Without their two best players, it will be hard to see how they can turn things around against a side they lost to by 10 points last week. Grant top scored for Detroit but their defense was the issue, giving up a massive 127 points to the Mavs.

High scoring is a bit of a trend for Dallas at the moment, using a 28-0 run to get on top of Golden State and run away with the 133-103 victory, clinching the season series too. Luka Doncic had a massive game, putting up 39 points, eight assists and six boards in just 28 minutes. 

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play in the blowout, missing the last three games with an ankle injury that has him listed as questionable for this clash. Even without him in the lineup, Dallas has proven that they are a team on a mission. With the Lakers, fifth in the West, loss last night, Dallas sits just 1.5 games behind them in the standings and every win counts down the stretch. This is one they should be getting.

NBA Pick – Dallas Mavericks (-370)
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Brooklyn Nets @ Indiana Pacers – 7PM ET

The Brooklyn Nets have won three straight games and are looking to add the Indiana Pacers to their list of victims. Brooklyn have taken both of the previous meetings between the two sides and following Indiana’s performance against the Blazers on Tuesday, it is no surprise to see the Nets start favorite to win the third too.

With Domantas Sabonis still sidelined, Indiana failed to match the physicality of Portland, who had lost five straight games heading into the clash. The Pacers saw themselves down by 11 points at halftime and then put up a disgusting 16-40 third quarter effort to see the game get out of reach. The one positive of Sabonis’ absence is that it has allowed Indiana to uncover Oshae Brissett, who finished the game with 18 points, 10 boards and five blocks, all team highs. 

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That sort of effort won’t go down well against a Brooklyn side that has Kevin Durant back in the lineup and is playing like a well oiled machine. With Kyrie Irving shooting just 3/13 for nine points and Durant taking just seven shots for the game, the likes of Jeff Green, Blake Griffin and Joe Harris stepped up to guide the Nets to victory. Scoring 22, 17 and 16 points respectively, the trio combined for nine threes and 50% shooting for the game.

The depth of Brooklyn is on full display when their two best players can have quiet nights and they can still overcome a side that has already beaten them twice this season and is fighting for wins. Indiana is also fighting for wins but without Sabonis and Myles Turner patrolling the interior, the Pacers just can’t compete with a team like Brooklyn.

NBA Pick – Brooklyn Nets (-420)
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Golden State Warriors @ Minnesota Timberwolves – 8PM ET

Who would have thought that with just weeks before the end of the season that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be the hottest team in the league. They have won three straight games, including back to back over the league-leading Jazz, and five of their last seven. They now return home to host the inconsistent Golden State Warriors, who are coming off one of their worst performances of the season. 

With playoff seeding on the line, Golden State, at home, got blown out of the water by Dallas on Tuesday. The Warriors gave up 28 unanswered points at one stage in the first half, managing just 29 first half points to see themselves down by 33 at the main break. Steph Curry still managed 27 points on 50% shooting but Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre Jr combined for just 5/22 shooting for the night. 

Minnesota, who are 9-6 when Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell play together this season, will be looking to carry momentum into this one and take advantage of the Warriors poor play. In Tuesday’s 114-107 win in Houston, one night after beating the Jazz at home, Towns had a dominant performance with 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Russell had 15 and a team high seven assists. 

Golden State may hold a 2-0 lead in the season series however Towns and Russell didn’t play in either contest, making it hard to use them as proper formlines for this clash. The one thing to note in this one is that the better the Timberwolves play, the more beneficial it is for Golden State, given that the Minnesota draft pick is sent to the Warriors if it falls out of the top three. The Timberwolves currently own the second worst record in the league but are just half a game away from having the fourth worst. Could we see the Warriors tank a game and risk their own playoff seeding just to better their draft capitol?

That is extremely unlikely and we fully expect Golden State to come out with a point to prove after their disappointing showing on Tuesday. Draymond Green and Kevon Looney have gone toe to toe with the likes of Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic in the last two weeks so Towns should prove no issue for the Warriors’ big men. We expect Wiggins to bring his A-game against his former side and help Curry carry Golden State to victory.

NBA Pick – Golden State Warriors (-215)
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New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder – 9PM ET

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally snapped their losing streak, putting a halt to it at 14 games, tying the franchise record for consecutive losses. They will now look to start a streak of the other sort and win a second straight game when they host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. 

New Orleans is on the quick back up after playing in Denver last night, losing 112-114. Brandon Ingram top scored with 27 points, seven boards and five assists while Lonzo Ball had one of the games of his career. The dynamic playmaker ended the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and two blocks. 

While their main issue is defense, another problem that New Orleans often runs into is turnovers. Ingram and Ball combined for 10 of the team’s 21 turnovers, a number far too high if they want to win games, especially against the good teams. Luckily the Thunder are not a good team, with the front office rather losing games now to help their chances at the draft lottery. 

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It was a massive surprise to see OKC beat Boston on Tuesday, even though the Celtics were without Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker. Lu Dort had 24 points while Darius Bazley had an efficient 21 point, 10 rebound double double in the win. Offense is typically a worry for the Thunder, ranking last for offensive rating, but scoring 119 points against Boston is a good lead up for a game with the fourth worst defense in the league.

In saying that, we expect Oklahoma to return to their losing ways tonight. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Dort or Bazley be healthy scratches from this game and even if they do play, New Orleans has an incentive to win with the slim chance of a play-in spot still up for grabs. Zion Williamson should be able to have a monster game inside, opening up the lanes for Ingram, Ball and the other New Orleans perimeter players. 

NBA Pick – New Orleans Pelicans (-405)
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Toronto Raptors @ Denver Nuggets – 9PM ET

The Denver Nuggets continue to play exceptionally well and find themselves with a chance to move up the standings as the end of the season nears. One night after defeating the Pelicans, Denver hosts the Toronto Raptors as they continue their quest for postseason triumph.

After last nights win over New Orleans and the Clippers loss to Phoenix, Denver finds themselves tied in the loss column with LA, who are third in the West. While they have played two less games, the Nuggets will be eager to continue winning and escape the possibility of a first round matchup with the Lakers. 

The usual pair of Nikola Jokic (32 points, eight assists, seven boards, three steals and three blocks) and Michael Porter Jr (28 points and eight boards) had their way for the Nuggets but Facundo Campazzo was the real difference maker. The 5’10, 30 year old rookie has stepped up in the absence of Jamal Murray and hasn’t played better than his 19 point, 10 assists, six rebound performance last night. 

Denver now have to back up tonight, a situation they are 5-5 in this season, against a Toronto side that needs to keep winning as 10th place in the East slips further from their grasp. Following their 103-116 home loss to Brooklyn on Tuesday and Washington’s big win over the Lakers last night, Toronto finds themselves two games back from a play-in seed with just 10 games remaining. 

While the Raptors are finally finding their rhythm with their core starters all fit and healthy, Tuesday showed that when they come up against the league’s best, it just isn’t enough. While Denver will have tired legs after a long battle last night, they are the better team in this one, at home, and seem hungrier for success. 

NBA Pick – Denver Nuggets (-194)
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