Bucks vs. Thunder - 11/11/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (2-5) at Milwaukee Bucks (3-4)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 187.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, FSWI
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks play Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for their first road of the season as they continue to lick their wounds with all of their injuries. Along with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook out, Andre Roberson and Perry Jones are questionable for this matchup. The Thunder are being forced to rely on a trio made up of Serge Ibaka, Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson until everybody returns. Jackson is doing his best to keep OKC in games, as he’s racked up 44 points and 14 assists in his last two games. Overall, the Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 92 points on 44.7 percent shooting and are allowing 98.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. The Thunder have won 10 of their last 12 games when holding a team under 100 points and with the lack of weapons currently, they’ll have to continue that trend in order to win games.
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The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last four games and are 2-1 at home. The Bucks have been surprisingly good on defense, holding teams to 94.7 points on 43 percent shooting from the field and 29.9 percent shooting from downtown. The Bucks have allowed just two teams to score above 100 points this season, and they’re 3-2 when they don’t. Offensively, Brandon Knight leads the way with 17.6 points and 7.3 assists, while rookie Jabari Parker has scored in the double figures in five of his last six games and is 14-25 from the field in his last two. Overall, the Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 93.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the field. If O.J. Mayo and a couple others can start stepping it up offensively, the Bucks could be one of the bigger surprises this season with their defense playing the way it is.
The Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Milwaukee and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Until the Oklahoma City Thunder get healthy, it's hard to back a banged up team on the road. The Bucks are at home and playing terrific defense out of the gate, which should continue against a limited OKC squad. Give me the Bucks and the small chalk.