Minnesota Timberwolves (22-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (17-15)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in NBA action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 48 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.7 points and 4.8 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.5 points and 11.6 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.2 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won four straight road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.5 points and 10.4 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.7 points and 4.5 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won six of their last eight home games.
The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks are 2-5-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are enjoying their best stretch of basketball we've seen in a while, and maybe it's a sign of things finally coming together. However, I still need to see a little bit more from this club, as I've been burned many times thinking this team was ready to take that next step. The Milwaukee Bucks are also one of the tougher teams to play on the end of a back to back, as that defensive pressure kills tired legs. The Bucks are also kind of due for a breakout performance after their recent struggles. I'll lay the bucket with the home team here.