Check out our free Bucks vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bucks vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds CHA +6.5, MIL -249 | CHA +203 O/U 223.0
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 15-6, while going 12-8-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Milwaukee has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-1-1 against the spread.
In their previous game, the Bucks were favored to win vs the Lakers. However, their 133-129 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Milwaukee was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Lakers by 4 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 40 points while hitting 69.6% of his shots.
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 7-15. So far, the team has gone 10-10-2 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Charlotte has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Hornets are coming off a 117-116 win over the Wizards. This win came despite entering the game as the 3 point underdogs. Charlotte went on to win the game, as they led by 15 heading into halftime. In the win, Terry Rozier led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 38.1%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Although the two teams ended their head-to-head season series with a split, the Hornets took care of business at home, going 2-0 on their home court. Similar to their season-long average, the Bucks averaged 115.5 points per game vs the Hornets. Similar to the Bucks, the Hornets scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Milwaukee, the team averaged 112.0 points per game. Although the Hornets have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Milwaukee, as they averaged 115 points per game while allowing 110. Milwaukee and Charlotte averaged a combined 225 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Milwaukee offense is ranked 15th in the NBA in scoring at 113.1 points per game. So far, the Bucks are averaging 99.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 21st in the league in field goal percentage 46.0%.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
Power-Foward Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks at 31.78 points per game. For the season, he is 4th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.22 boards and 5.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 18th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Brook Lopez enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 21 games, he is averaging 15.33 and is 89th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Charlotte offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 109.5 points per game. So far, Charlotte is averaging 101.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Hornets are 19th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).
On offense, Kelly Oubre Jr. leads the Hornets in scoring at 19.77 points per game, placing him 49th in the NBA. Overall, Oubre Jr. has hit 43.6% of his shots while accounting for 18.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 12th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 16.14 points per game, P.J. Washington is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hornets. For the season, he is 247th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting an effective field goal percentage of 15.69.
Bucks vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +6.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 223.0
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