Friday’s NBA Predictions and Best Bets – May 14, 2021

| May 14, 2021 8:55 am PDT

There are just three days left in the 2020-21 NBA regular season. Some people assumed we wouldn’t get here. Even though we did, it was a trying year of NBA basketball.

This was just a weird season full of blowouts, injuries, and teams simply not living up to expectations. All things considered, though, there is major success in simply getting to the finish line.

Things honestly only get crazier from here with the play-in tourney and then the NBA playoffs. Some seeding needs to be ironed out first, though.

I’ll do my best to help you close out the regular season with some wins. With that, here’s my take on Friday’s NBA betting slate with my NBA picks and predictions for May 14th, 2021.

NBA Predictions for Friday, May 14th

  • Wizards to beat Cavaliers
  • Nuggets to beat Pistons
  • 76ers to beat Magic
  • Jazz to beat Thunder
  • Mavericks to beat Raptors
  • Clippers to beat Rockets
  • Grizzlies to beat Kings
  • Pelicans to beat Warriors

The Wizards have hit a wall after a torrid run, but they should get back on track against a bad Cavs team. Cleveland are just 1-9 in their last 10 games, and they have no real reason to try to get wins at this point.

Denver rested some guys last night, so they’ll be back to full strength against a depleted Pistons team that doesn’t care about winning.

Philly has botched recent attempts to finish things off and lock up the #1 seed in the east, so expect a focused effort against a horrendous Orlando squad.

The Thunder won’t put up much of a fight against Utah, either. The Jazz can officially lock up the best record in the west with another win, and even if they sat everyone, they still might win this game.

The Clippers should have zero trouble against the Rockets, but I’d keep an eye on this game if they opted to rest Kawhi Leonard or PG-13. They did just play last night, and they won’t move in the seeding after all.

Memphis should be able to take out the Kings, as well, while Dallas has the edge against a Raptors team that has given up.

The only game in doubt to me is a showdown between the Warriors and Pels. New Orleans still doesn’t have Zion Williamson and they keep losing guys, but the Dubs are also potentially without some key bodies. 

It’s honestly a very straightforward NBA betting slate, barring some crazy inactives. You can roll with my free NBA picks here when it comes to moneylines, but I’ll break things down a bit further with my favorite NBA upset picks and best bets.

NBA Upset Picks for Friday

  • Pelicans (+110)

The Kings (+185) may be the only other bet to consider here. As I noted, most of the teams playing on Friday still have incentive to get wins and finish the year strong, and they also have easy matchups on paper.

Seriously, six of these games have spreads at 8.5 or thicker, and five are north of 10 points. It could get ugly out there, but if something unexpected happens, at least bettors have the opportunity to cash in on some sick moneylines.

That said, the one that stands out at this point is New Orleans. Normally I’d be all about the Dubs, but Stephen Curry is a candidate to sit this one out.

Kelly Oubre Jr. is also out, while Andrew Wiggins is questionable. I broke it all down in Friday’s NBA DFS picks, and I think it could play into a Pels upset pick, too.

Best NBA Bets for Friday, May 14th

  • Cavaliers (+8.5) -113
  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards Over 227 (-110)
  • Kings vs. Grizzlies Over 226.5 (-110)

I trust the Wizards to get it going against a bad Cavs team, but I don’t necessarily expect them to win in a blowout.

Cleveland has gotten healthier, and the Wiz have a notoriously bad defense. They also are still without Bradley Beal, which makes them a bit less reliable.

Along with the Cavs making a game of it, the Over looks like a great bet. Washington runs at the fastest pace in the NBA, and they seem to constantly be in wild shootouts. I might honestly be hammering the Over even if it were 10 points higher.

Another bet I like is the Over in the Kings game. Sacramento and Memphis went at it last night, and they combined for 226 points. That was probably the floor for this matchup, as both sides sputtered out a bit in the fourth quarter last night.

Sacramento’s fast pace and porous defense should make the Over a comfortable bet.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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