Our free NBA picks are out for Tuesday, March 15th, 2022! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.
Look below to find our free NBA picks for the four games on today’s schedule!
Memphis Grizzlies @ Indiana Pacers – 7pm ET
The road trip continues on for the Memphis Grizzlies, who on Tuesday night go toe-to-toe with the Indiana Pacers. The Grizzlies will be looking to build in their current three game winning streak, as they have wins over the Pelicans, Knicks and Thunder. The Pacers have lost four of their last five games, with their only win in this time being against the Spurs, 118-109.
Both the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Packers were in action on Sunday and got Monday off before their Tuesday night battle in Indianapolis. For Memphis, it is game 2 of a four-game road trip that started with a 125-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The score looked pretty close but it was never in doubt for the Ja Morant-led Grizz, who held the lead in the game for all but 25 seconds. It was a full team effort, in fact the Grizzlies were 1 Steven Adams point from having all of their starters in double digits. The win moved them back a 0.5 game ahead of the Warriors for the 2 seed in the West entering Monday’s games. Sunday night wasn’t as successful for the Pacers, who fell 128-131 to the Hawks on the road in Atlanta.
They had no answer for Trae Young, who had 47 points, 33 of which were in the first half. Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield each had 25 points but couldn’t get enough contributions from the rest of their team, which was down to only 8 available players due to injuries. Now at 23-46 and 13th place in the East, the Pacers have nothing to play for this year but are still competing. This is going to be a very fun matchup of two teams that love to run and gun, putting lots of points on the board. The big difference is Memphis actually plays defense very well and has a lot more to play for. It has not been as dominant a stretch lately for them however, so I can’t lay this big number with them. The Packers are a very competitive young scrappy team and with the home crowd behind them I like them to cover.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Indiana Packers +7.5 (-110)
“Play off my teammates- they were finding me and I was finding them.” – @dillonbrooks24
Hear more from DB about his return in last night’s game ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/YrNFA4P3H3
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 15, 2022
The Memphis Grizzlies are in a battle right now with the Golden State Warriors for second place in the Western Conference. The Warriors are starting to thrive and with the return of Draymond Green appearing imminent, the Grizzlies can’t afford to lose games against teams that are way inferior to them — especially now that they have Dillon Brooks back in the lineup. On Tuesday they play a team that is definitely inferior to them as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference: they continue to be a strong offensive team, but have also suffered on defense. Still, they should be thrilled with the play of recent acquisition Tyrese Haliburton, who has averaged 19.6 points and 9.5 assists since being traded to the Pacers. While Indiana is in no way a playoff contender this year, they’ll look to ride Haliburton’s success to better days ahead. Unfortunately, I don’t think those better days will start on Tuesday, as they’re playing one of the league’s best teams in Memphis. Even though Memphis recently had a confusing loss to the Houston Rockets, that seemed to be a slap in the face as they’ve won their last three and are aware every game counts going forward. I’ll pick Memphis to cover.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -7.5 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets @ Orlando Magic – 7pm ET
The Brooklyn Nets have just one game on the road when they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic. The Nets have won their last three games in a row, which brings their overall season record to 35-33. The Magic were on a two game winning streak, but in their last game, they went down to the 76ers in overtime, 114-116.
The Orlando Magic will be happy to get Monday off to rest after a tough overtime loss at home to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 114-116 loss marked the fourth straight game that the Magic have covered, so they are putting together some highly competitive performances down the stretch of the season. This is a young team that has a bright future and on Tuesday their six-game homestand will continue when they host the Brooklyn Nets. It has to be pointed out each time, that yes star point guard Kyrie Irving will be available for this game since it is on the road. There was no Kyrie in uniform for Brooklyn’s last game, which was at home against the Knicks, but he was courtside as a fan (NBA’s rules are weird). Kevin Durant stepped up like usual when his running mate is not playing, dropping 53 points in the 110-107 victory.
The Nets are taking it one game at a time and quietly trying to sneak their way up the Eastern Conference standings and out of the play-in tournament. Currently they sit at the 8 seed and are 3.5 games behind the 6 seed Cavaliers. Anytime Kyrie suits up for the Nets they are going to be a dangerous team that can blow anyone away, as we saw against Philly last week. Now usually when there’s a title contending team facing an inferior opponent like this one, they can tend to overlook them and let the lesser team stick around but I don’t see that with this Brooklyn team. They are trying to climb out of the play-in and with Kyrie only available for a handful of games, he has to play every game like it’s his last. For those reasons, I think this is a Brooklyn beat down.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -9.5 (-110)
there goes ROY pic.twitter.com/YvoKNQpJZ8
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 14, 2022
After two consecutive wins over their biggest rivals (a blowout win against Philadelphia, and a close call against the Knicks), the Nets are making a push to get out of the eight seed and maybe out of the play-in games all together. They’ll have a great chance to improve on that Tuesday, as they face the Eastern Conference bottom dwellers, the Orlando Magic. Even better: with the game being in Orlando, the team should be able to have both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available.
That being said, Orlando isn’t a team to overlook. Despite their poor record, they have a lot of up-and-coming talent, including Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs, and Cole Anthony. In a couple years this team should be able to be in contention again. Every once in a while they show that: in their last four games they took the Philadelphia 76ers to overtime, got consecutive wins against playoff teams (Timberwolves and Pelicans), and kept it close with the Phoenix Suns. They’ll look to keep their confidence going as they face a Brooklyn Nets team that’s feeling a lot of pressure to win. While I think it’s very possible for the Magic to put up a fight, I think Kevin Durant is just too locked in right now. With an equally confident Kyrie Irving by his side, I think the Nets should be able to glide past the Magic.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -9.5 (-110)
Detroit Pistons @ Miami Heat – 7.30pm ET
The Detroit Pistons hit the road on Tuesday night and travel to FTX Arena to face off against the Miami Heat. The Pistons are currently on a three game losing streak after going down to the Bulls, Celtics and Clippers. The Heat will be looking for a bounce back win after losing to the Timberwolves, 104-113, last time out.
It was a fun ride for the Detroit Pistons from March 3 to March 7 when they won three straight over the Raptors, Pacers, and Hawks. Since then though, it’s been back to reality and they now sit losers of 3 straight with a game against the top-seeded Miami Heat on tap for Tuesday. Those Heat had Sunday and Monday to stew over their loss at home to Minnesota on Saturday night so I expect them to come in locked in against a very beatable Pistons team. This is the final meeting of the season for these two teams with the Heat taking two of the first three.
Miami has been dealing with so many injuries this season but one thing you can always count on is for them to come to play hard no matter what lineup is out there. That speaks to their coaching and depth, and in a spot like this, coming off a bad home loss is where the true professionalism comes out and we get a full throttle effort for 48 minutes. Look for the Heat to impose their will on Detroit and end their season series with a bang.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -13 (-110)
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— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 14, 2022
The Miami Heat stand tall in the Eastern Conference, currently the number one seed. With the two through six seeds all within 5.5 games of them, the Heat won’t want to overlook any opponent going forward. With two losses in their last three games, the Heat won’t want to let any opportunities slide through their fingers that shouldn’t. So even though the Detroit Pistons are 18-50, they can’t let off the breaks, as this young team has been showing some positives in recent weeks.
The Pistons went on a nice three game win streak last week in which they had some strong offensive showings — particularly from rookie Cade Cunningham, who has quietly been turning into a star before our eyes. Even though the Pistons have now lost three straight, Cunningham has continued to perform — he was one rebound shy of a 23-point triple-double in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat will look to take Cunningham out of the game to risk any sort of upset. With this one being at FTX Arena, and the Heat look to strengthen their first place lead, I’ll expect them to take out the Pistons.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Miami Heat -13 (-110)
Phoenix Suns @ New Orleans Pelicans – 8pm ET
The final game on Tuesday in the NBA will see the Phoenix Suns hit the road and travel to New Orleans to face off against the Pelicans. The Suns have won five of their last seven games, and last time out they beat the Lakers, 140-111. The Pelicans are back on track after losing four games in a row, they got the win last time out, against the Rockets, 130-105.
The Phoenix Suns will start up a quick two-game road trip when they go to New Orleans for a game with the Pelicans. Last game out was a 140-111 drubbing of the struggling Lakers and it was just a field day for all Suns players. Devin Booker had 30 points and 10 assists, DeAndre Ayton had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Cameron Payne even had 11 assists as well. As a team they shot almost 57%, which will beat almost any team in the league and they’ll look to keep that offensive momentum going. The Pelicans had a pretty good game offensively in their last contest putting up 130 in their win over Houston on Sunday.
However, with no CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram again it will be very hard to sustain that type of effort on Tuesday. The Suns lead this season series 2-1 and I expect them to make it 3-1 pretty easily. They have dipped their effort a little with no Chris Paul, but they are still one of the deepest teams in the league and that’s helped them maintain a great record of 5-2 in March. Devin Booker is excelling in his new ball dominant role and facilitating the offense with his cool demeanor and Phoenix will cruise to get another victory on the back of their star.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -5.5 (-110)
UNREAL JAXSON!!! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/CPtbq0qFq8
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 14, 2022
No Chris Paul, no problem, as the Phoenix Suns have continued to sit comfortably atop the Western Conference. They’ve compiled a solid 6-4 record in their last ten, but one of those losses came against a hungry New Orleans Pelicans team that’s looking to grab a play-in spot. The Pelicans were able to beat the Suns 117-102 behind the play of Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. Unfortunately in this one, Ingram and McCollum will both likely be out. Ingram has hamstring issues and McCollum is in COVID protocols. This is a rough time for this Pelicans team to lose their premier scorers. They’re 1.5 games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers for the ten-seed and only 1 behind the Lakers for the nine-seed.
This will also work in the advantage of a Suns team that’s looking for a little payback after they lost to the Pelicans a couple of weeks back. Even though Chris Paul continues to recover from a hand injury, the team still has All-Star Devin Booker and the ever-improving Deandre Ayton. This young duo and other supporting players such as Cam Payne and Mikal Bridges, are still quite a lot for most teams to handle. The Pelicans ripped by them a couple of weeks ago, but they had a bit more scoring power in their favor for that game. Without Ingram and McCollum, I just don’t like their chances against this quick Suns team. I’ll pick Phoenix to this one out on the road.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Phoenix Suns -5.5 (-110)
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.