Portland Trail Blazers (2-0) at Milwaukee Bucks (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -4 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks meet Saturday in NBA action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for an impressive 3-0 start by earning their third straight road win. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 107.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 28 points and seven rebounds while Damian Lillard is averaging 22.5 points and six assists. Pat Connaughton is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Turner is dishing three assists. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won six of their last eight road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for their first home victory of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 102.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 35.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 17.5 points and 2.5 assists. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Greg Monroe is grabbing six rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 40.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won eight of their last 11 home games.
The Trail Blazers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Trail Blazers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Milwaukee, 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
One thing that can expose the Bucks defense is outside shooting, something the Cavs showed in their victory on Friday night. The Trail Blazers have made a combined 23 threes in their first two games and have a rested CJ McCollum after he didn't play in the first game. I also think we're getting free points with the better team overall, something I rarely turn down. So while I'm high on the Bucks and love their defense, the value is with Portland and the free buckets.