NBA Simulation Picks for Thursday
Los Angeles Lakers vs Washington Wizards (4:05pm)
Picks: Wizards -11 / Under 216.5
Projected: Wizards 112 Lakers 100
70% of the tickets bring written right now are for the over! I'm predicting the total opposite however as we look for a low scoring game in this matchup. The Lakers have decent offensive weapons, including five players who average 13 points or more. One of those players, Julius Randle, may be out for Thursday’s game due to an illness, but that is still to be determined. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 45.8 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 22.7 points and 10.3 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 22 points and 2.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line.
Under is 20-8 in Lakers last 28 vs. NBA Southeast.
Under is 6-2 in Wizards last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous matchup
Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets (5:00pm)
Picks: Hawks +9 / Over 223.5
Projected: Hawks 112 Rockets 118
We are catching the Rockets in a bad spot as they recently cooled down splitting their last 10 games. I see tons of value on the Hawks tonight being the road underdog catching almost 10 points. Atlanta has silently been doing very well on the road cashing in 9 of the last 12 road games against the spread. Another huge advantage the Hawks have going for them tonight is their defense. Atlanta is currently ranked 5th in defensive efficiency while the Houston is ranked 16th in this category. Look for a close game tonight with the Hawks easily covering the spread for us.