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Bucks vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic
- Where: Orlando at Amway Center
- Date: Monday, December 5th
- Betting Odds ORL +9.5, MIL -451 | ORL +342 O/U 225.0
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-6. So far, the team has gone 13-8-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-1-1 vs the spread.
The Bucks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 105-96. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Milwaukee was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Hornets to cut into their 11 point halftime lead. In the win, Bobby Portis led the team in scoring with 20 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 5-19. So far, the team has gone 9-14-1 against the spread. The Magic head into today’s action in the midst of a 8 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -13.5.
Orlando is trying to bounce back from a 121-108 loss to the Raptors. Going into this game, the team was 11 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Orlando got off to a slow start, trailing by 16 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Terrence Ross, as he contributed 18 points while hitting 100.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season the Bucks did a good job on the road in their meetings vs the Magic, going 2-0. This led to an overall series record of 4-0. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Bucks averaged 125.75 points per game vs Orlando, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Bucks saw a boost in scoring, the Magic averaged 107.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Milwaukee. This figure was similar to season-long average. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Bucks have an average scoring margin of +17 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. A combined average of 229 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 22 games, the Bucks are averaging 112.7 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bucks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.6 per contest. If the Bucks offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 16th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Against the Magic, the Bucks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 19th in points allowed.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Brook Lopez who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 15.27 points per game. At the time of this article, Lopez is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 8th on the team in usage rate and is 90th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Milwaukee benefit from having both of their top scorers as Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team and is 2nd in the league in scoring (31.78). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 18th in points allowed to power-fowards.
The Magic come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 107.8 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. If Orlando continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 22nd in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, Orlando has had its problems giving up an average of 112.23 points per game (20th).
Small-Forward Franz Wagner currently leads the Magic at 19.04 points per game. For the season, he is 80th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Wagner is averaging 4.0 boards and 3.83 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 15th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Paolo Banchero enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 17 games, he is averaging 21.82 and is 113rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Bucks vs Magic Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 225.0
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