Check out our free Wizards vs Bucks pick and preview for this NBA game in Milwaukee. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Wizards vs Bucks NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks
  • Where: Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds MIL -8.5, WAS +286 | MIL -364 O/U OFF

So far, the Wizards have put together an overall record of 16-21, while going 16-20-1 vs the spread. Washington will be going for their 5 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 4 straight wins.

In their previous game, the Wizards took down the Magic by a score of 119-100. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Washington put together a strong second half, as they only held a 9 point lead going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Kristaps Porzingis, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 69.2% of his shots.

Vivid Picks Card

Want to play the odds?

Sign Up and Deposit Up to $100

Your Deposit Will be Fully Matched

New Users Only

The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-12. So far, the team has gone 18-15-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

The Bucks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Timberwolves by a score of 123-114. Heading into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Milwaukee was able to mount a big second half comeback in large part to a strong 3rd quarter. After trailing at the half by 11 points, they actually went into the final quarter with the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 43 points while hitting 60.9% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Bucks took the season series 2-1. This mark came while posting a mark of 2-0 as the host team. Last year, the Wizards saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Bucks, averaging 100.33 points per game. Like the Wizards, the Bucks scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 106.67 points per game vs Washington. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Bucks have averaged 117 points per game compared to 111 for Washington. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Milwaukee. In these contests, they averaged a combined 228 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 37 games, Washington is averaging 111.9 points per game (22nd). Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. If Washington continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 19th in the league in possessions per game.

Defensively, Washington has had its problems giving up an average of 112.0 points per game (16th).

On offense, Kyle Kuzma leads the Wizards in scoring at 21.7 points per game, placing him 36th in the NBA. Overall, Kuzma has hit 46.9% of his shots while accounting for 20.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 4th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 22.2 points per game, Kristaps Porzingis is the 2nd leading scorer for the Wizards. For the season, he is 36th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 47.6%.

The Bucks come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 112.9 points per game. So far, the Bucks are averaging 99.7 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 24th in the league in field goal percentage 45.9%.

Against the Wizards, the Bucks will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 19th in points allowed.

This season, the Bucks offense has primarily worked through Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 30 games, Antetokounmpo is 3rd in the NBA at 32.1 points per game. So far, him and Lopez have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 46.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Brook Lopez is grabbing 5.9 rebounds for Milwaukee to go along with 1.1 assists.

Wizards vs Bucks Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -8.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

Props

 


Join our Discord to leave a question or comment regarding this article. We have sports fans talking betting all day — every day! JOIN THE DISCORD NOW AND QUALIFY FOR PRIZES & BETTING SWAG!