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Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (17-13) at Charlotte Hornets (11-21)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWI

The Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for another victory after winning five of 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 split their last six road games.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/23/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 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 six of their last seven home games.

The Bucks are 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 vs. NBA Southeast and 1-6-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bucks are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Charlotte, 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 know it's not easy to beat a team twice in as many days, and the Hornets are in need of a victory in the worst way if their season is going to be saved before the new year. However, we're getting a free point with the better team. The Charlotte Hornets have done nothing this season that makes me want to get behind them, and they've been held in check offensively in much of the recent meetings against the Bucks. Why is Charlotte the favorite here? I'm not asking questions. Give me Milwaukee.

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