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Pelicans vs Bucks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks
- Where: Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum
- Date: Sunday, January 29th
- Betting Odds MIL -9.5, NO +340 | MIL -440 O/U 234.5
The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-24. So far, the team has gone 24-26-0 against the spread. The Pelicans head into today’s action in the midst of a 7 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -10.43.
In their previous game, the Pelicans were favored to win vs the Wizards. However, their 113-103 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. New Orleans was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Wizards by 10 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was CJ McCollum, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 47.4% of his shots.
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 32-17, while going 26-20-3 vs the spread. Against the Pelicans, the Bucks are looking to add to their current 3 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 12.67.
The Bucks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pacers by a score of 141-131. Heading into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Milwaukee went on to win the game, as they led by 29 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 55.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 114.5 points per game vs the Bucks. On the other side, Milwaukee saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Pelicans, as they averaged 124.0 points per game in these matchups. Although the Pelicans 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 126 points per game while allowing 120. New Orleans and Milwaukee averaged a combined 246 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 5-0.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, New Orleans is averaging 115.1 points per contest. This figure places them 12th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 11th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Defensively, New Orleans has had its problems giving up an average of 110.28 points per game (13th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Pelicans 2nd leading scorer, Zion Williamson. In his 29 games, Williamson is averaging 26.0 points per game while dishing out 4.6 assists and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of CJ McCollum, who leads the team and is 43rd in the NBA at 21.3 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 43.1% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.
The Bucks come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 113.6 points per game. So far, the Bucks are averaging 100.0 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This slow style of play has made a difference in their overall scoring numbers, as Milwaukee is just 18th in made field goals 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 38 games, Antetokounmpo is 3rd in the NBA at 31.3 points per game. So far, him and Holiday have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 50.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jrue Holiday is grabbing 5.0 rebounds for Milwaukee to go along with 7.4 assists.
Pelicans vs Bucks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 234.5