Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets - 2/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (20-33) at Milwaukee Bucks (30-23)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
TV: AL2, FSWI
The Milwaukee Bucks looking to continue their hot stretch as they host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
The Bucks are 8-2 in their last ten games entering this contest and they have also won three straight. Milwaukee sits sixth in the East playoff race and only 2.5 games separate the Bucks and fourth place Wizards. The Bucks have beaten all sub-.500 teams during their current win streak, and they’ve actually been tested going to the wire with the Celtics and rallying against the Nets. Brandon Knight continues to deliver though to lead the Bucks offense, and Khris Middleton and OJ Mayo are averaging 15 points each per game over the last five to pace a deep roster. The Bucks are sixth in the league in points allowed with 97.2 per game and they are 15-10 at home on the year.
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The Denver Nuggets are ice cold and they just lost starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo to the Portland Trail Blazers. Ty Lawson probably won’t slow down in the backcourt though as he averages 20.4 points and 11.2 assists over the past five games. The Nuggets are clearly a medium-term construction project at the moment which means that the individual talent on the team will present itself and possibly in stretches, but the cohesion and discipline are serious points of concern especially in road games. The Nuggets won last time out against the Lakers, but prior to that they endured a six game losing streak, following a seven game losing streak with a single win in between. The Nuggets are 26th defensively allowing 104.1 points per game and are 8-19 away from home.
The Nuggets are in trouble defensively which I think will cause a quick tempo with shots coming quicker in the shot clock and transition after rebounds. The line is off the board due to trades finalizing but please check back for my free pick.