Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 2/12/14
New Orleans Pelicans (22-29) at Milwaukee Bucks (9-42)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +7 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks play host to Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee while the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games overall, but just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference and 17-36 ATS in their last 53 home games. The Pelicans on the other hand are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
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Carlos Delfino, Larry Sanders, John Henson, Caron Butler, O.J. Mayo, Luke Ridnour and Ersan Ilyasova. This isn’t a list of the Milwaukee Bucks top seven players, it’s their injury list heading tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets. Of those players I just listed, the first five have been confirmed out while the other two will be game time decisions, which makes it pretty hard for me cap this game. Regardless, I’ll do my best to come up with a winner.
Now the Bucks did suffer a pretty bad 16-point loss at home in their last outing against the Boston Celtics, however, they had covered the spread in their previous four outings, which was their longest streak of the season. They actually played pretty well against the Celtics up until the fourth quarter where they were outscored 32-18. As far as the Pelicans are concerned, they come enter tonight’s contest off the back of two straight road losses in Brooklyn and in Toronto on Monday night. They too have been hamstrung with injuries as they are missing Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith, three of their top offensive players.
I really don’t want to take Milwaukee here, but the last time New Orleans won a road game on the road by seven points or greater was all the way back on the 23rd of December and that was when they had Holiday and Anderson in the line-up. Coming off back-to-back losses, this is a good chance for the Pelicans to get a much needed road win and I think they will get it, but will it be by more than seven points? Anthony Davis should have his way against the depleted front line of Milwaukee, but when in doubt, take the points right? Wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see a blowout in this one, but I simply have to take the points in what is clearly a stay away game....
Dan’s Pick: Milwaukee +7