Bucks at Jazz - 2/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (20-31) at Utah Jazz (23-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz -7.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, ROOT
The Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz meet late Friday night at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks could use a big victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 98.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Khris Middleton is averaging 17.6 points and 3.9 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Michael Carter-Williams is dishing 5.6 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Bucks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five straight road games. John Henson is questionable with a back injury.
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The Utah Jazz look to build on their solid four-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are averaging 97.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19.8 points and 3.7 assists while Rodney Hood is averaging 14.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Trey Burke is dishing 2.6 assists and Trevor Booker is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won five of their last six home games.
The Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jazz are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks are 0-13 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Utah and 5-21 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.
These are two talented defensive teams that can go long stretches without putting the ball in the hoop. I'm not comfrotable laying a decent sized number with either side. This will be an ugly game that should come down to the last few minutes. The points will come in handy.