Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (13-12) at Portland Trail Blazers (19-6)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -9 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers play host to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight on NBA Wednesday.
The Milwaukee Bucks will be going for a third straight win after taking down the Clippers on Saturday, followed by the Suns on Monday in a 96-94 thriller. Brandon Knight continued his fantastic season with 20 points, while OJ Mayo added 12 points, but this game was all about the reserves who combined for 50 points including 14 from Khris Middleton who won the game on a three at the buzzer. However, the win was bitter-sweet as Jabari Parker injured his knee on a drive to the basket and is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have won seven of their last nine games and are coming off a 108-95 rout of the shorthanded Spurs thanks to 23 point each from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. To be fair, the Blazers were always favored to win this game after the Spurs decided to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but it's always good to beat the benchmark of the league any change you can get. However, just like the Bucks, the Blazers' win was bitter-sweet as they lost Robin Lopez to injury which will mean increased minutes for Chris Kaman, which hurts their defense but should improve their offense.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall, while the Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Head to head, the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Portland.
The Bucks continue to surprise me this season, but the loss of their prized rookie will certainly hurt them this season. With that being said, I expect the Bucks to go through some minor growing pains without Parker so I'm taking the Blazers to win this one at home.