Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/29/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (12-19) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-10)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -14 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
The Bucks have lost seven of their last 10 and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Mavericks by 103-93 last night. Jerryd Bayless had a nice game of 19 points off the bench while Khris Middleton added 15 and OJ Mayo had 13, but the Bucks were always running uphill after falling behind by 34-24 after the first quarter. Michael Carter-Williams had just eight points with zero assists while Jabari Parker had just six points as the Bucks had to resort to their bench after getting next to nothing from their starters. Milwaukee is now 12-20 on the season and 3-14 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder have won 10 of their last 12 overall and looked particularly good in Sunday's 122-112 win over the Nuggets. Russell Westbrook led the way with 30 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists while Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 assists, but there was plenty of scoring from the bigs as well as Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter chipped in with 19 and 21 points respectively. As a team, the Thunder shot a blistering 57.8 percent from the field and 53 percent from the 3-point arc to pull away from the Nuggets late and improve to 21-10 on the season and 14-4 at home.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games against a team with a winning home record, while the thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Bucks have shown they can cause an upset on any given night as the Warriors found out not too long ago, but while I see the Thunder winning this one easily, I do see the Bucks sticking around just long enough to get the backdoor cover.