A Trio of Picks for Saturday Night's NBA Action

Troy Haliburton

Saturday, January 6, 2018 4:58 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 4:58 PM UTC

As the East Coast weathers the storm from the “Bomb Cyclone” NBA teams try to hunker down as the mid-season mark approaches. Take a look at a few free picks to get you through the weekend and put some extra cash in your pocket.

Wizards vs Bucks

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Free Pick Wizards -3.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Washington will be playing their first back-to-back of the season in which John Wall will be playing in both games. The Wizards were completely disheveled without Wall in the lineup, in large part due to their lack of a competent backup point guard. At one point in the season, they were playing Tim Frazier, who is a competent NBA player, but not skilled enough to lead a team. Now the Wizards are playing Tomas Satoransky who not only has the feel offensively to get others involved, but the size defensively to guard multiple positions.

Bradley Beal scored 34 points and Wall chipped in 25 as the Wizards took care of business against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wizards will be going for the season-leading fifth straight victory and will need to improve their 8-11 home record ATS to do so.

Milwaukee struggles mightily when teams decide to pack the paint and not let Giannis get to the rim at will. Expect the Wizards to throw a multitude of looks at Giannis, including Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, and even some Markieff Morris. The key to upsetting the Wizards will be for the Bucks outside shooters like Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and Malcolm Brogdon to knock down outside shots.

Rockets vs Pistons

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Free Pick Rockets -6Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

Following the Pistons hot start, they lost seven games in a row before winning seven of their last ten and are in the process of trying to get back to their defensive identity that lead to so much early season success. The Pistons defense still ranks top 10 in opponents points per game, with them giving up 107 ppg. Detroit has the anchor down low in Andre Drummond, and at least one perimeter defensive stopper in Avery Bradley. What they don’t have is a a defensive stopper that can check small and power forwards.

One of the weakest positions on the court is the small forward position for the Pistons. Stanley Johnson has underperformed and do not be surprised if Stan Van Gundy elects to go to the Reggie Bullock at the small forward position. Bullock is a much better shooter than Johnson, shooting a clip of 38% from three point range while Johnson only hits 28% of his shots from deep.

The Rockets will try and get back to their winning ways after losing to the Warriors on Thursday. Houston is still getting adjusted to life without James Harden, but luckily for them they have Gerald Green to replace him. Green is averaging 16 points a game on greater than 50% shooting from the field and three-point range. Look for Green to struggle against Avery Bradley on the perimeter and the Rockets to get back to their victorious ways.

Pelicans vs Wolves

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Free Pick: Pelicans +1.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

This line opened as a pick em and has now moved to the Pelicans being favored by 2. The Pelicans are finally figuring out how to use their two dynamic big men and are surrounding them with capable shooters on the outside. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are dominating teams with their ability to play inside and outside. Cousins has especially put forth his best effort as a pro and the results are plentiful. Boogie is stuffing the stat sheet with 26.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game.

The Timberwolves are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Boston Celtics last night in which the team seemed to fall apart at the seams in the fourth quarter. The biggest problem in Minnesota is the fact that they have not established a clear hierarchy on their team. Jimmy Butler is the most proven player as a former All-Star, but he sometimes takes a backseat to Karl Towns and Andrew Wiggins who are still trying to navigate their playing styles in clutch situations. It would behoove Tom Thibodeau to make sure that his superstar from Chicago is getting his proper touches at the end of games.

New Orleans is 12-7 ATS on the road this season which is good for a whopping win percentage of 63%, ranking fifth in the NBA. Look for that trend to continue as the Pelicans pull off an upset in Minnesota tonight.

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