Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (12-12) at Phoenix Suns (12-12)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -5 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks kick off a four-game road swing with a battle against the Phoenix Suns tonight.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last seven overall but will still be full of confidence after beating the red-hot Clippers by 111-106 on Saturday. Six players finished in double figures for the Bucks but when push came to shove, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who delivered with 20 points and Brandon Knight who led the way with 22 points including a clutch three to seal the win. As a team, the Bucks shot a sizzling 56.6 percent from the field while keeping a top-5 offensive team in the Clippers to just 42.9 percent shooting and Blake Griffin to just 10 points. With the win, Milwaukee return to .500 with a record of 12-12 overall and 7-4 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns were one of the hotter teams at the start of the season, but they've really cooled off with four straight losses, including a 105-103 loss to the lowly Pistons on Friday. Goran Dragic led seven players in double digits with 18 points while Markieff Morris added 17, but the small-ball tactics of the Suns didn't quite work this time as it allowed the Pistons' Andre Drummond to run riot for 23 points and 14 rebounds which really fueled the visitors throughout the night. With the loss, Phoenix drops back to .500 with a record of 12-12 including 6-6 at home.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 against the Western Conference, while the Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the NBA Central.
Head to head, the Over is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the Suns are 6-2 ATS in the last eight overall.
The Suns have to snap out of their funk sooner or later, but I just can't back them against this young Bucks team coming off a victory over the Clippers. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Suns put it all together and win by double digits but I'd prefer a play on the Bucks with the points in this one.