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Bucks vs Nets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets
- Where: Brooklyn at Barclays Center
- Date: Friday, December 23rd
- Betting Odds BKN -2.5, MIL +121 | BKN -144 O/U 226.5
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 22-9, while going 17-12-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Milwaukee is trying to bounce back from a 114-106 loss to the Cavaliers. Going into this game, the team was 2 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Milwaukee got off to a slow start, trailing by 18 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 45 points while hitting 63.0% of his shots.
So far, the Nets have put together an overall record of 20-12, while going 15-16-1 vs the spread. The Nets entered today’s game having picked up 7 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 8.71 points per game.
In their previous game, the Nets took down the Warriors by a score of 143-113. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 10 point favorites. Brooklyn went on to win the game, as they led by 40 heading into halftime. In the win, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 52.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Bucks averaged 122.75 points per game vs Brooklyn, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Bucks saw a boost in scoring, the Nets averaged 114.5 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 +9 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. A combined average of 231 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Milwaukee offense is ranked 17th in the NBA in scoring at 112.9 points per game. The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. If the Milwaukee offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 20th in made free-throws per game.
On defense, the Bucks will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 19th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Bucks offense has primarily worked through Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 26 games, Antetokounmpo is 3rd in the NBA at 31.6 points per game. So far, him and Holiday have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.400000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jrue Holiday is grabbing 5.3 rebounds for Milwaukee to go along with 7.6 assists.
Through 32 games, the Nets are averaging 114.0 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Brooklyn offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 24th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
On defense, the Nets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 18th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Nets offense has primarily worked through Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 31 games, Durant is 6th in the NBA at 30.1 points per game. So far, him and Irving have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 56.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kyrie Irving is grabbing 4.8 rebounds for Brooklyn to go along with 4.5 assists.
Bucks vs Nets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Nets -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 226.5