My top NBA free pick tips on Thursday, April 5. Washington heads to Cleveland to battle LeBron and the Cavaliers. Can the Wizards beat the Cavaliers on the road? This Saturday, Houston hosts Oklahoma City. Who wins when Russell battles The Beard? Golden State heads to Phoenix on Sunday, April 8. Will Golden State pummel the Phoenix Suns even though Steph Curry should be out with an injury?

NBA Free Picks April 2-8

Washington at Cleveland
When:  Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: TNT

Analysis: In the last game between the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington beat Cleveland rather easily. The score was Wizards 110, Cleveland 103. LeBron scored 32 points. It wasn’t enough for the Cavs to get past the Wizards.

Could Cleveland turn things around on Washington on Thursday, April 5? Yep. They could turn it around big time on the Wizards. Cleveland power forward Kevin Love didn’t play in the loss against the Wizards.

Love should be healthy enough to play on Thursday. If he does, he’ll open things up for Cleveland’s other players. The Cavaliers could blow out the Wizards on April 5.

Pick: Cleveland

Oklahoma City at Houston
When:  Saturday, April 7 at 8:30 pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
TV: ABC

Analysis: Oklahoma City heads to Houston in the marquee NBA match up on April 7. It’s always a big deal when Russell Westbrook takes on James Harden. The last time the two teams faced off against each other Houston beat Oklahoma City by 10 points, 122 to 112.

Has anything changed to expect Oklahoma City to keep it closer than 10 points on April 7? Not really. Houston continues to be one of the very best teams in the NBA while Oklahoma City, like the Minnesota Timberwolves, are behind the Portland Trailblazers in the Northwest Division.

OKC just doesn’t have the right mix of players to keep it close versus the Houston Rockets. I think the Rockets roll.

Pick: Houston

Golden State at Phoenix
When:  Sunday, April 8 at 9:00 pm ET
Where:  Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: Everybody on the Warriors squad should be back for their game on Sunday versus the Phoenix Suns except for Steph Curry. What it means is that the Warriors will be huge favorites over the Suns on April 8.

Do the Suns have any shot of covering the spread? Not likely. Although Golden State coach Steve Kerr is notorious for resting players versus teams like the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors have had so many injury issues this season that Kerr is likely to want to get everybody up to speed.

Golden State should rout Phoenix on Sunday.

Pick: Golden State