Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks - 2/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (29-30) at Milwaukee Bucks (24-35)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Bradley Center.
The Rockets have lost five of their last seven games and will be eager to avoid a third straight loss at home after Saturday's 104-94 loss to the Spurs. James Harden led the way with 27 points while Corey Brewer and Jason Terry contributed off the bench with 15 points each, but the Rockets fell behind by 26-11 after the first quarter which had them running uphill for the rest of the game. With the loss, Houston falls back below .500 with a mediocre record of 29-30 which is currently good enough for eighth in the Western standings, just half a game ahead of Utah in ninth place.
USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, the Bucks have won four of their last seven games but will be looking to snap a two-game skid after losing to the Pistons by 102-91 on Saturday. Khris Middleton had a strong game of 26 points and seven assists, while Jabari Parker added 13 points, but no other player scored more than 10 points as the Bucks shot themselves in the foot on possession after possession, finishing with a total of 21 turnovers. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 24-35 overall and 16-10 at home.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a double digit loss at home and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record.
The Bucks are the team in better form in this one, but the Rockets desperately need to snap out of their funk and start stringing some wins together, so I'm reluctantly taking the Rockets to come out with the narrow victory behind a big night from Harden.