Thunder vs. Bucks - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (11-11) at Oklahoma City Thunder (7-13)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -10 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, FSOK
The Milwaukee Bucks and Oklahoma City Thunder play Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost four of their last five games and are sitting with a .500 record. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 98.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Brandon Knight leads the Bucks with 17.6 points and 5.8 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and O.J. Mayo is shooting 39.1 percent from the field. The Milwaukee Bucks struggles have been on the offensive end for much of the season but they’re shooting 50.3 percent from the field in their last five games and have topped 100 points in seven straight games. If the Bucks can continue to play like that offensively along with their average decent, they have a shot to be a playoff team in the East.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are as healthy as they’ve been all year and have won four of their last five games. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 92.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 94 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook leads OKC with 23.7 points and 6.5 assists while Kevin Durant is averaging 21.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is averaging 6.8 assists and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 46 percent from the field in their last five games and are averaging more than 47 rebounds. Now that the Thunder are healthy, their overall numbers are going to improve and they should slowly start to make their playoff run. OKC has to stay hot in order to turn its season around.
The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bucks are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Oklahoma City and 9-19 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall.
I'm taking the under in this game due to both defenses being seriously undervalued in this game. Both can play above-average defense and the under has hit in the last four times these teams have played.