Tag: NBA free picks

The Best Center in College Basketball: Breaking Down Bol Bol’s Game

Bol Bol is taking college basketball by storm, leading the Oregon Ducks to a 9-4 record.

Bol is a freakish 7’2, 234lb athletic player. His ability to space the floor, and be a consistent scorer is helping Oregon to a winning record. Along with his freakish stature, Bol has a 7’6 wingspan which helps him defend and block shots.

Bol is currently averaging 21 points, 9.6 Rebs and 2.7 blocks on 56% shooting from the field and an unbelievable 52% from 3.

Bol’s strength lies in his ability to score, defend, rebound, and block shots. He can do a lot of damage anywhere on the court. His ability to space the floor will make him a valuable asset for any team come the 2019 NBA Draft.

Bol’s most underrated skill is his IQ, he knows how to be an efficient scorer, as well as a smart defender. These skills will translate well in the NBA.

Bol’s weaknesses stem from his skinny stature. Ultimately, he needs to bulk up and work on being a force down low. Bol has a tendency to get knocked out of place by stronger opponents. Also, he isn’t the best screener and he isn’t keen on setting picks and rolling to the basket much.

Bol has to work on being a force as a big man, he sometimes looks for the jump shot rather than taking his opponent inside. His inability to do this is due to his lack of strength as he doesn’t feel enthusiastic about playing inside. He is very raw in this area, and to be a great center in the NBA, he must develop a consistent inside game.

He also isn’t the best decision maker as he currently averages more turnovers at 2.0 a game than assists at 1 a game. Sometimes when he is given the ball, he would look to dribble and go for a midrange shot rather than looking for a better shot.

The biggest question with Bol’s game is his heart to play. Does he really want it? He doesn’t always hustle and is sometimes the last man up the court in offensive and defensive possessions. Bol doesn’t always box out players and plays at one speed. He isn’t the toughest player at this point in his career, and that will get exposed at the NBA level if he doesn’t show the willingness to do the little things on the court.

Overall Bol’s value will lie on his defensive and offensive abilities. He is a remarkable athlete but needs to get stronger if he wants to play at the next level. Bol is a point guard’s dream, he is the ideal stretch big that NBA teams want.

Bol’s upside is unclear at this point, as it seems this may be the peak of his game. His work ethic and ability to play consistent minutes in the NBA will determine how better he will get.

Bol Bol may find more playing time at the power forward position more than the center position in the NBA, as his ability to stretch the floor will be a huge asset to teams.

Bol is the son of Manute Bol, who is famous for playing for the Washington Bullets in the late 1980s. Manute was 7’7 with an 8’6 wingspan but struggled to find consistent play timing.

Bol has a lot of the skills that Manute had but better. Bol is a better offensive player at this stage then his father was.

Bol has drawn comparisons to New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis. They both are similar in their strengths and weaknesses going into the draft. The biggest question with Porzingis was his strength, toughness, and feel for the game. Bol has similar question marks at this point in his college career.

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Free NBA Picks for February 13th, 2018

9-6-1 over the past 6 days. 2 tonight.

Rockets -2.5 vs the Minnesota Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

The Rockets are 9-1 the last 10, the T-Wolves are 4-6. The Rockets have been on fire providing constant production between Chris Paul and James Harden. Gerald Green has been the spark plug that has kept the Rockets offense clicking when CP3 and Harden leave the court. The Rockets have heavy bench talent which provides the one up against many teams that don’t have a great bench.

The T-wolves are a great team, but the Rockets have been absolutely filthy. The T-Wolves have their best opportunity to take them down considering they are home.

The T-Wolves are 23-6 at home, going against the Rockets who are 20-7 on the road this season. The first meeting between these 2, the Rockets won by 18 at home. It should be way closer tonight, unless the Rockets get on a roll that not even Minnesota can stop. Take the spread, the value behind it is great considering the Rockets are 13-2 the last 15 games.

Bucks -7.5 vs the Atlanta Hawks

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The Bucks are 8-2 the last 10. The Bucks have been red hot since dropping head coach Jason Kidd. The Hawks are coming off a come from behind W over the Magic where the Hawks seemed to piece it together in the last few minutes.

The Hawks are 4-6 the last 10.

The Bucks are expected to get back Jabari Parker.

Tonight the Bucks should destroy the Hawks. I can see this going the Bucks way the entire game. The Hawks won’t trail by more than 8 maybe until halftime. Then I can see the Greek “Freak” take over, dismantling the injury riddled Hawks team.

Go for the points, take the Bucks,. I say they win by 9 or 10.

good-luck

Free NBA Picks for February 12th, 2018

Saturday, we saw the Wizards control the Bulls easily covering the spread, same with the Warriors as it looked close at the start but blew it out towards the end. The Lake Show kept it close, but lost in the last few minutes not covering the elusive +1.5.

8-4-1 over the past 5 days.

3 more tonight after a Sunday off.

Pistons -2.5 vs the New Orleans Pelicans

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The Pistons have been slumping the past 2 games taking the L against the Hawks and Clippers. The Pelicans seemed to figure it out last game as they took the W over the Nets in double OT. Both teams are 5-5 the past 10. The last time the Pelicans played the Pistons, the Pelicans won by 3. That was with D-Boogie of course, and without Blake Griffin for the Pistons. If Blake Griffin doesn’t struggle mightily shooting tonight, the Pistons should be able to cover and beat the Pelicans by 4 or 5. It should be a close game throughout the whole way, considering the Pelicans are trying to win without D-Boogie. The Pistons need to play like a dominant home team tonight to take down the Pelicans.

Jazz -4.5 vs the San Antonio Spurs

Utah Jazz v Minnesota Timberwolves

This game will be pretty close. The Jazz are riding a 9 game winning streak going 9-1 the past 10. The Spurs are 5-5 the past 10. Yesterday it seemed like the Jazz were going to lose, but after halftime the Jazz easily came back and coasted to an impressive W over the Trail Blazers. I can see the Jazz carrying that over here tonight. It should be a close game though considering the Spurs are an excellent team that fits around the scheme of Popovich. I see the Jazz staying hot at home, winning by 6 or 7.

P.S. Donovan Mitchell is an animal.

Clippers -4.5 vs the Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets are on a 5 game losing streak, going 1-9 the past 10 games. The Nets look to play well at home against a Clippers team who has a lot of uncertainty around them. The Clips are 5-5 the last 10, winning the last 3 of 4. DeAndre Jordan should have a huge game tonight, matching up against Jarret Allen and Jahlil Okafor. Lou Will should have a huge game as well. The Nets will matchup against the Clips at some point during the game, but the Clips should finish the Nets easily covering the spread minus any surprises or runs.

good-luck

NBA Free Picks; February 7, 2018

As the NBA season inches closer to the All-Star break, I’d like to take the time to start recording my picks to see what I could analyze differently, or provide any insight into any match up more accurately.

Three Picks

Rockets -5.0 vs the Miami Heat

The Rockets come into Miami on a 9-1 tear the past 10 games. The Heat are 3-7 the past 10. I don’t see the Heat stopping CP3 or James Harden in this one. Gerald Green is also a wildcard as he provides key help for the Rockets. I’m thinking the Rockets run the floor tonight winning by at least 8 or 9. If not a blowout.

The Rockets are just too good as of late to not cover against the struggling Miami Heat.

Pelicans -3.0 vs the Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are missing Oladipo and Collison, but the Pacers are managing to find themselves despite the injuries going 6-4 the last 10. The Pacers have the talent to compete with the Pelicans, but is that talent enough?

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The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic who provides help to Anthony Davis as they struggle without Cousins. I think the Pelicans win here at home by 5-6. They have been competing with teams despite losing 4 out of the last 5. Last time they played, Davis had 34 points and 14 rebounds. That of course was with D-Boogie. But the Pelicans just came off  deflating loss. Bouncing back tonight at home will be very important to the Pelicans as they hope to find a rhythm without Cousins.

I see the Pelicans winning here covering the spread, maybe losing most of the game but they should pull it out here.

Spurs -9.5 vs Phoenix Suns

The Spurs come into Phoenix losing the last 2 games. The Suns have lost the last 3. The Phoenix Suns are 2-8 the last 10 games. The Suns are coming off a 19 point loss to the Lakers as the Spurs kick off their road trip after losing at home against Utah by 9.

Devin Booker is questionable with a hip injury. There is a good chance he may be out for this one. The Spurs were going to win regardless, but if Booker is out; the Spurs by 9.5 is too easy. Booker is the life and soul of that offense. The Spurs may take a little while until eventually they blow them out. I say the Spurs by 18 without Booker. If Booker does play, it could be close. Take the points

 

Free NBA Picks for January 31st, 2018

Last nights card we saw the Thunder fail to win against the Wizards, the Timberwolves covered against the Raptors, the Cavs underperformed once again looking very scary, and finally; the Trail Blazers beat the Clips outright pushing for an even night.

I have 2 suggestions tonight

Lakers -2.5 vs the Orlando Magic

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The Lakers ride into Orlando on a 7-3 streak the past 10 games, opposed to the Magic who are 2-8 the past 10. Lonzo will be out tonight, but I think the Lakers will have enough production to pace the Magic.

The Lake show is 7-16 on the road. But the Lakers are on a hot streak and I expect it to continue at least tonight agains the struggling Magic.

It should be a close game considering the Magic were embarrassed last night by James Harden and the Rockets.

Celtics -5.0 vs the New York Knicks

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The Celts and the Knicks clash as the Knicks look to continue a short 2 game winning streak. The Celtics at home are 18-8. They are 5-5 in the last 10, but I expect Kyrie Irving to serve up tonight against the Knicks. I also can see Michael Beasley having a big game for the Knicks.

The Celts are disgusting at home, I trust them to have a big game against the Knicks if the Knicks make it interesting. Send it

 

Free NBA Picks for January 30th, 2018

Last night we saw the Pacers win by 9 easily covering the spread. We also saw the Celts top the Nuggets by 1, not needing the spread which went up to +2 on some sites for the Celts.

The Suns started off good, but fell hard in the 2nd after giving up 42 points in a quarter.

I have 4 Pick suggestions for tonight’s card

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Thunder -3.0 vs the Washington Wizards

The Thunder are continuing to dominate the NBA in the month of January.

They are 5-0 past 5 games, 8-2 past 10. John Wall was declared out for the next couple weeks as well. The Wizards have been noted to play worse against teams that are worse than them, but without Wall; the Wizards may be screwed for those 2 weeks.

Westbrook, Pg13, and Melo are going to eat tonight.

Timberwolves +6.0 vs the Toronto Raptors

Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

Both teams enter tonight’s matchup looking to get back on track. The Raptors are 5-5 the past 10 along with the T-Wolves. The Raptors at home however are 18-4 at home this season.

The T-Wolves beat the Raptors at home by 6 on January 20th, which isn’t long ago.

I have a feeling that the T-wolves could be losing the elite game, but should be able to push hard enough to cover the spread, possibly losing. Wouldn’t surprise me if the T-Wolves upset tonight as well.

Cavs -5.5 vs the Detroit Pistons

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The Cavs are having their worst season under LeBron James as the entire team just looks off. It shouldn’t be a surprise to readers; the dissension going on in Cleveland is real.

The Pistons are coming off a blockbuster trade in which they acquired Blake Griffin from the Clippers, in order to make a push for the East. Griffin won’t be in the lineup tonight and same with Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris as they also have been traded in part of the deal.

The Pistons are 1-9 the past 10 games.

Take the Cavs and the points to beat the Pistons. The Pistons will need a great game from everyone if they aim to take down the second best in the East.

 

Trail Blazers -2.5 vs the Los Angeles Clippers

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The final pick is of course my favorite matchup of the night, the late night game.

The Clippers traded Blake Griffin yesterday in order to soften the landing spot for LBJ in the offseason. It’s also rumored that Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan may be on their way as well, as the Clips look to move on from Griffin and Chris Paul.

The Clips are 7-3 the past 10, compared to Portland who is 6-4.

With Griffin on another team, I think the Clips will have to learn how to play without that constant production forever, as opposed to a short duration of time. The shooters on the Trail Blazers are amazing consisting of Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum.

Jursuf Nurkic has a big matchup tonight as he’ll be matched up with DeAndre Jordan who averages almost 15 RPG.

The Clips could perform better without Blake Griffin. But that feeling in the locker room that no one is safe should play a major part in the mental game for tonight which is why I love the Trail Blazers at -2.5.

 

Good luck!