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Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (51-38) at Milwaukee Bucks (33-49)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWI, FSSE

The Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Charlotte Hornets hope to make the playoffs for the third time in four years and become a consistent team in the East. The Hornets will continue to rely heavily on their backcourt of Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, which has often been majority of their offense. The return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will certainly help Charlotte on the defensive end while Marco Belinelli and Roy Hibbert have the chance to provide big time sparks off the bench. The Hornets will still have their struggles offensively, but Charlotte is a well coached team that will continue to play hard. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last six regular season openers. Brian Roberts and Frank Kaminsky are questionable.

Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Bucks had the potential for a rebound season until starting shooting guard Khris Middleton injured his hamstring. The Bucks struggle enough on the offensive end and now doesn’t have their best player on that side of the court. The good news is that Tony Snell is a reliable player and the Milwaukee Bucks will continue to be a nightmare defensively. Guys such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Miles Plumlee and the newly added Matthew Dellavedova get after it defensively and will make Milwaukee a frustrating team nobody wants to play. The question for the Bucks continues to be where the offense is going to come from. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their last three regular season openers. Snell and Michael Beasley are questionable.

The Hornets are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hornets are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee and the road team is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

The Bucks will have their struggles without Middleton on the court, but you can still count on their defense to get the job done. When you add in the fact the Hornets aren't the best offensive team in the world, this game could get very ugly for Charlotte. In fact, ugly for both teams if we're being honest. I give the Bucks the slight edge at home here. 

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Milwaukee Bucks -1.5

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