Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/1/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) at Washington Wizards (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -9 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-WI, CSN-DC
The Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards square off Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks improve to 1-1 on the season with a Friday win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks offense has been struggling from the field out of the gate, shooting less than 41 percent in both games. However, O.J. Mayo looks healthy for the first time in a while, as he scored 25 points off the bench in Friday’s win, and he now has 42 points on the season. Brandon Knight is also a player who has stepped up lately with 35 points and 15 rebounds. Rookie Jabari Parker is 8-20 from the field in his first two games and has 14 rebounds. Khris Middleton has a combined 29 points and 10 rebounds in the first two matchups and has to continue playing at a high level for the Bucks to compete. The Milwaukee Bucks feel like they’re better than what most people think and this will be a good measuring stick for them.
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The Washington Wizards are 1-1 on the season and this will be their first home game. With Nene Hilario and company back on the floor, the Wizards shot a cool 48.8 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three in their last game. As a team, the Wizards are shooting 48.4 percent from the field on the season. John Wall has scored a combined 46 points and has 23 assists in his first two games. Marcin Gortat is averaging 19 points and 9.5 rebounds, while Paul Pierce has chipped in 16.5 points and has been the much needed veteran presence to the team. Even without Bradley Beal in the lineup, the Washington Wizards have shown to be a solid team when healthy and should be playing in front of a packed house full of excited fans tonight.
The Bucks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Wizards are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bucks are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Washington.
The Bucks are better than what most people think and have had success in Washington at covering the number. Look for the Bucks to keep this game closer than expected and possibly give themselves a chance to win late if they can continue to bring the same energy they've played with in the first two games.