Our free NBA picks are out for Tuesday, March 29th, 2022! Make sure you check our NBA picks before the action kicks off.
Look below to find our free NBA picks for the five games on today’s schedule!
Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers – 7pm ET
The Milwaukee Bucks are in the middle of a three game road trip on Tuesday when they face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks have split their last four games, and this takes their record on the season to 46-28. The 76ers had their three game winning streak snapped last time out, thanks to the Suns, 104-114.
The Milwaukee Bucks will continue their three-game road trip that rounds out the month of March when they travel to Philadelphia for a battle with the 76ers. Milwaukee will be on two days rest after losing last time out against the Memphis Grizzlies 102-127. Giannis had 30 points in the loss but the absence of Jrue Holiday proved to be too much even against a Ja Morant-less Grizzlies team. The Philadelphia 76ers are coming in off a loss as well, losing Sunday against the Suns which snapped a three-game winning streak. Joel Embiid kept his run at the scoring title alive with a 37 point explosion in the 104-114 loss.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Sixers are both battling atop the Eastern Conference and have two good cases for the 1 seed. Getting Jrue Holiday back for the Bucks will be huge, as he can be put on James Harden to Tyrese Maxey to shut down their driving ability and allow the other defenders to stick to their guys and prevent open shooters. There is no answer for Joel Embiid but he can get his, and you still beat Philly if you neutralize everyone else which I think Milwaukee will do. This is the time of the year where they ramp things up to prepare for their title defense and Tuesday will serve as a reminder that they are still the top contenders for the NBA championship in June.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +1.5 (-110)
With the Miami Heat playing inconsistent basketball, the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers both are very much alive for the one-seed in the Eastern Conference. With both teams sitting just a game behind first, this match has major playoff implications. After surviving a couple of games without Khris Middleton, the Milwaukee Bucks got their All-Star forward back on Saturday only to have Jrue Holiday sit out and for the team to lose to the Memphis Grizzlies 102-127. For their Tuesday night matchup everyone should be healthy (Giannis Antetokounmpo is day-to-day) as they look to temporarily secure the two-seed with the one-seed still very much in reach.
another day another Jo block.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 28, 2022
The 76ers come with a very similar plan as they also look to secure home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. So far the Joel Embiid and James Harden partnership has been pretty successful. The duo have had up and down games, but mostly up as they headed into Sunday on a three-game win streak with victories over playoff teams like the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. Their Sunday test was a potential NBA Finals preview as they took on the league’s best team the Phoenix Suns. But the Suns continued to show why they’re shoulders above the rest of the league, as they used a big second half to beat the Sixers. Now, 48 hours later, the Sixers will have their hands full again against the Milwaukee Bucks. This game should be a blast between two titans in Antetokounmpo and Embiid, but I’ll give the edge to the Sixers who should be able to overwhelm even the great defensive play of Jrue Holiday and Giannis.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 (-110)
This is a matchup between two of the three best teams in the Eastern Conference, and I think they’re going to show why in this one. Milwaukee comes in playing extremely well in the month of March, even though they did get crunched by Memphis in their last outing, a game that saw them without Jrue Holiday. They’re still watching Giannis put up absolutely silly numbers, which is why he remains solidly in the MVP conversation. However, in this one, he gets the guy who may be his biggest conversation for the award, in Joel Embiid.
Philadelphia comes into this one having won three of their last four, and the only loss in that stretch came in their last game, a loss to the best team in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns. They’ve been one of the best teams in the league for virtually the entire year, apart from a stretch where they were without Embiid, and now that they’ve added James Harden to the mix, the offense has yet another lethal piece for defenses to pay attention to. The one weird stat about this one to keep in mind is the fact that the Sixers have struggled a bit at home this year, at least relatively speaking, and with this one taking place in Philly, I’m actually taking the road Bucks here. Giannis leads the way, and Milwaukee wins a thriller.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (+102)
Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards – 7pm ET
The Chicago Bulls hit the road on Tuesday night in the NBA when they travel to Capital One Arena to go toe-to-toe with the Washington Wizards. The Bulls are playing on back-to-back nights, and last time out they were beaten by the Knicks, 104-109. The Wizards will be hoping to build on their current modest two game winning streak tonight, as they already have back-to-back wins over the Pistons and Warriors.
Don’t look now but the Wizards have won two in a row now after losing eight of the nine games prior. The two wins have come against the Pistons and then the Golden State Warriors on Sunday by a score of 123-115. Corey Kispert led the team in scoring with 25 points and Kristaps Porzingis wasn’t far behind with 23 of his own, despite shooting only 6-21 from the field. A much better performance will be needed against a Bulls team that will be angry after a road loss to the Knicks on Monday.
DeMar Derozan had 37 points and 7 assists in the loss, and with the Raptors winning on Monday it put them in a tie for the 5th seed. The Bulls will be on the road and on the back-to-back, but this isn’t an opponent that will be able to take advantage of their tired legs. The Wizards’ recent wins were outliers and we shouldn’t expect too many more from them this season. I like a highly motivated Bulls team to dominate this game from the opening tip and cover this very soft spread.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -3 (-110)
The Chicago Bulls continue to be a frustrating team to watch. Despite being almost completely healthy (no Lonzo Ball is a big miss), they still are having a hard time meshing — just weeks before the playoffs. Last night they fell to the New York Knicks 104-109. While DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine continue to score, the team is having a hard time finding a strong third option, despite there being so many worthy candidates. Also their defense isn’t what it was earlier in the season, despite their top defensive talent coming back from injuries in recent weeks. Luckily on Tuesday, they’ll have a chance to restore confidence as they play a poor Washington Wizards team.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 28, 2022
The Wizards sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, but in their last two games they’ve shown some signs of life. They outlasted a young Detroit Pistons team on Friday and followed that up by beating the Golden State Warriors, sans Steph Curry, 123-115. The team has seen Kristaps Porzingis continue to play well and their young rookie Corey Kispert breakout late in the season. With some optimism going forward this team will look to give the unpredictable Bulls all they’ve got. While it very well could be close, I think the Bulls adjust after an unfortunate loss last night. I’ll pick them to cover.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -3 (-110)
The Washington Wizards have been awful all year long, apart from the opening month of the season, but they have put together two straight wins coming into this one. They’re being led by the newly acquired Kristaps Porzingis, to go along with Corey Kispert performing well on the offensive end, and while they have nothing to play for in terms of the rest of the way this year, it should give them some optimism as they start looking to the offseason and next season. The Chicago Bulls on the other hand are looking towards the postseason, but they are going to have to play better if they want to make a deep run once the playoffs begin.
They are 4-6 in their last 10, and lost their last game, a defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks last night. As we enter the last two weeks or so of the regular season, they find themselves simply trying to stay out of the play-in tournament, as they sit a game ahead of seventh right now. Despite being the back end of a back-to-back, and a few struggles as of late, I think Chicago realizes what they’re playing for here, and taking on a bad Wizards team should provide them the opportunity to get back on track. Bulls win on the road, though it is close.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -3 (-110)
Detroit Pistons @ Brooklyn Nets – 7.30pm ET
The Detroit Pistons have just one game on the road when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets, who themselves are in the middle of a three game homestand. The Pistons have lost four of their last five games, with their only win in this span coming against the Hawks, 122-101. The Nets have won three of their last five games, but last time out they went down to the Hornets, 110-119.
Both teams were in action on Sunday and got Monday off in preparation for their meeting on Tuesday in the Barclays Center. Sunday’s game at this arena didn’t yield good results for the home Nets who lost to the Charlotte Hornets 110-119. It wasn’t how Kyrie Irving envisioned his first home game of the year going, as he only shot 6-22 from the field including 1-9 from three. Playing their way out of the play-in tournament is getting more difficult by the passing day but it’s still possible.
A good start would be taking care of this Detroit Pistons team that has lost eight of their last ten games. The last time out for them was a home loss to the New York Knicks by the score of 102-104. The future is bright though, as Cade Cunningham and Marvin Bagley III have really found a nice groove together and look like a good young duo. The Nets can’t afford to lose this game and with it being at home, I don’t think they will. The Pistons do not have an answer for Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, so with them scoring at will, we can expect a great night for Brooklyn and a comfortable win.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -13.5 (-110)
After a triumphant win over the Miami Heat on Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets didn’t have enough to make it back-to-back victories as they fell to an always explosive Charlotte Hornets team on Sunday 110-119. Still, the team is thrilled to have Kyrie Irving back at home games as they’ll look for a win against a young Detroit Pistons team, to keep their hopes alive to nab a seven-seed in the East.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 28, 2022
While the Pistons are a team with their eyes to the future rather than the present, they’re definitely giving fans a lot to get excited about. Cade Cunningham looks as though he’ll live up to being picked first overall. He’s looking like a guy that has the potential to average a double-double on a nightly basis, as he can put up big scoring and passing stats. As guys like Saddiq Bey continue to evolve and Marvin Bagely looks to take advantage of a second chance, the Pistons are fun to watch despite sitting in 14th. That being said, as the season winds down, the Nets aren’t going to want to play around with teams way inferior to them. I think they’ll use the Barclays Center energy to make quick work of the Pistons on Tuesday evening.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -13.5 (-110)
At this point, it’s hard to imagine the Detroit Pistons being worried about anything other than tanking to get the best odds in this year’s draft lottery. They’ve been awful all year long, and while they’ve shown the ability to at least be competitive at times, this hasn’t helped their record, and with only roughly two weeks left in the season, they have nothing to play for, so I feel like the competitive nature may have faded as well, especially against a team with the talent that the Brooklyn Nets do.
However, despite the talent, and getting Kyrie Irving back permanently, this Brooklyn squad still finds themselves struggling, as they fell to Charlotte in their last outing. They’re in a position of trying to play themselves out of the play-in tournament, but they’re going to have to play much better if they want that to turn into reality. A good start is taking care of the teams that they should destroy, and this matchup against Detroit falls squarely in that category. With so much to play for, and taking on one of the worst teams in the league at home at Barclays, this is essentially a must win for the Nets. Kevin Durant leads the way, potentially with a triple-double, and the Nets cruise.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets -13.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers @ Dallas Mavericks – 7.30pm ET
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of their three game road trip when they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. The Lakers have only won three of their last 11 games, and this drops their season record down to 31-43. The Mavericks have won three of their last four, including last time out when they defeated the Jazz, 114-100.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in a really tough spot coming into the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. With Los Angeles’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, the Pels overtook the Lakers for the 9 seed in the West and now the Lakers sit just 0.5 games ahead of the Spurs for that final play-in tournament spot. The Spurs are in action on Monday so a win in their game would tie things up in the standings and really put a sense of urgency into LeBron and company.
Nobody saw this coming entering the season, but it’s a very strong possibility that Bron does not make the playoffs despite the records he is breaking and the great season he is having. Don’t expect the Dallas Mavericks to take things lightly on the Lakers here, especially at home. The Mavs are coming off a convincing win over the Jazz and will be brimming with confidence against the hapless Lakers team that has zero confidence right now. The Lakers would need a 50 point triple-double from LeBron to even keep this close and the chances of that are slim to none. Give me Luka and the Mavs here.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks -12.5 (-106)
As the Los Angeles Lakers season continues to fall into turmoil, they have the unfortunate task of facing a very good Dallas Mavericks team on Tuesday night. The Lakers defense went into a complete breakdown on Sunday as they blew a massive lead to the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite LeBron James phenomenal offensive year, the team is a turnover machine and are a defensive liability. Now they sit just .5 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the 10th seed.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) March 28, 2022
Meanwhile Dallas has gone from a flaky defensive squad to one of the league’s best. Luka Doncic continues his rise to superstardom and the team has seen the likes of Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie accommodate the young Slovenian nicely. The Mavericks grabbed a huge win on Sunday as they cruised past the Utah Jazz 114-100, jumping them for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They’d love to hold onto home court advantage in the first round, and with the struggling Warriors sitting just 1.5 games in front of them, the third-seed has to look pretty great as well. I’ll expect them to put a hurting on this Lakers team on both sides of the ball, especially with it being in the “Lone Star State” and the Lakers likely being without James who is suffering from an ankle injury.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks -12.5 (-106)
The Los Angeles Lakers may potentially make the play-in tournament, but you heard it here first: they won’t make the first round. They’re legitimately awful, as LeBron is virtually the only consistent player on the roster. They’ve gone 3-7 in their last 10, blew a double-digit lead against New Orleans their last time out, and now only find themselves a game ahead of San Antonio for 11th in the West with eight to play.
Now they take on a Dallas team that looks like they may have found their rhythm again after a brief lapse in concentration for about a week. They’ve won three of their last four, including raking down Utah in their last game out, and with Luka Doncic playing himself into the MVP conversation, this is a Mavs team that you shouldn’t take lightly. I question how legitimate of a contender they are in the playoffs, as they’re a bit too much of a one-man show, but in one game against an atrocious Los Angeles squad, at home in Dallas, give me Luka and the Mavs all day long.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Dallas Mavericks -12.5 (-106)
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers – 10pm ET
The fifth and final game in the NBA for Tuesday will see the Utah Jazz travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers. The losing streak continues on for the Jazz, who have now lost four games in a row, against the Nets, Celtics, Hornets and Mavericks. The Clippers are in a worse situation at the moment, as they are currently on a five game losing streak, which drops their season record to 36-39.
Both of these teams have found bad times in the season to go on losing streaks but one of them will have to end on Tuesday. Utah has lost four straight and slipped down to the 5 seed in the Western Conference following a 110-114 loss on the road to the Mavericks. The Clippers are 36-39 and have lost eight of their last ten but unlike their crosstown rivals, the Lakers, they are pretty much locked in to the play-in tournament. Los Angeles also received some good news that star forward Paul George is nearing a return from his lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, so there’s their light at the end of the tunnel.
They’ll need him sooner rather than later, as their last three losses have been by an average of 22 points. The Jazz are by far the more dangerous team with a higher upside, they’ve just ran into a couple good teams in this losing streak. They’ll see this game as a good springboard into some positive momentum that is much needed with the playoffs right around the corner. Expect Donovan Mitchell to feast in this easy matchup, so look for overs on his props (points, 3 pointers) and also take the Jazz to cover. Like I said the Clippers are averaging over 20 point margins in their losses so they’re not even remotely competitive right now.
Jeffery’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-108)
The Utah Jazz continue to be arguably the most frustrating team in the Western Conference. Despite having such an immense amount of talent they continue to play inconsistent basketball. Sure, they’ve had a good amount of injuries, but so have most other teams this season. Other teams in the conference such as the Clippers and Nuggets have seen role players step up when the stars are out. Meanwhile every time the Jazz are without a key player they seem to crumble. This was evident on Sunday as they were missing Rudy Gobert, and they fell to the Dallas Mavericks by 14 points. They also surrendered their four-seed to the Mavericks. They’ll look to bounce back on Tuesday against one of the aforementioned teams that have stepped up despite having massive injury problems.
Game Day. Tomorrow. 7:00PM PT. pic.twitter.com/OGTMYkTMrQ
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 29, 2022
The Los Angeles Clippers will likely finish as the eight seed in the Western Conference, which is incredibly impressive due to the fact that they’ve been without Kawhi Leonard and have seldom had Paul George. But, George’s return looks to be right around the corner — possibly even Tuesday against the Jazz. It’ll be a huge boost for a Clippers team that’s seen its supporting cast step up, but have also looked a bit tired in recent weeks. George’s scoring and defense will be a massive boost. But even if George returns, he’ll need a couple games to get back in the rhythm. The Jazz are hungry to stay alive for the fourth-seed and not have an absolute free fall. I’ll pick them to edge out the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Michael’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-108)
This is a matchup between two playoff teams who both find themselves struggling mightily right now. The Utah Jazz have dropped four straight, which is something we’re not used to expecting from this roster, as over the past 4-5 years, as well as on paper, they’re one of the most balanced rosters in the league. Rudy Gobert is one of the best defenders, Donovan Mitchell has made a name as one of the best all around players in the league, and despite aging a bit, Mike Conley has consistently been a top 10-15 point guard in the league. However, this entire year has been a bit of a disappointment, and the stretch they’re on right now as we close out the regular season has been no different.
The Los Angeles Clippers find themselves in a similar situation, as they’ve lost five straight, but are a virtual lock to at least make the play-in tournament in the Western Conference. The difference between the two, however, is that while Utah’s season to this point has been a failure, it’s hard to look at what this Clips team has been through and view it as anything other than a success. They’ve been without their two best players for virtually the entire season, and are still going to make a playoff appearance, which shows how good of a job Ty Lue has done this season. Despite the good year though, relatively speaking, I think this is a game that Utah looks to get back on track, as they simply have more talent. Give me the Jazz in a close one on the road.
Noah’s NBA Pick: Utah Jazz (-108)
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