Charlotte Hornets (11-20) at Milwaukee Bucks (16-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 210 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks meet Friday in NBA action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Charlotte Hornets could use a feel good win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 104.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.2 points and 5.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.9 points and 12.5 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost nine of their last 10 road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.7 points and 10.6 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.2 points and 4.7 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last six home games.
The Hornets are 3-11-2 ATS in their last 16 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bucks are 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Milwaukee, the road team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I've been fading the Charlotte Hornets for years, and it's paid off a lot, especially in times like this where they can't score, can't get stops and are losing right and left. The Hornets are just not a team I'm trying to get behind, especially on the road where they're being outscored by 5.4 points. The Bucks are coming off that nice win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they've kept Charlotte in check offensively in three of the last four meetings. Give me the much better team and the reasonable chalk.