Milwaukee Bucks (20-17) at Washington Wizards (23-16)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Wizards -4.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards meet Saturday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.9 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.1 points and 10.3 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.6 points and 4.3 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 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last six road games.
The Washington Wizards look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 18.5 points and 8.7 assists. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won their last five home games.
The Bucks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington, 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been a tough team to figure out, as there's too much talent on that squad to be this hit or miss team, and the play is even worse on the road. The Washington Wizards made Friday's game a lot tougher than it had to be, but a win is a win, and the bottom line is they play better when they respect the team they're playing. The Wizards won't be overlooking the Bucks even if they're not playing to their potential. The Wizards need wins like this against other Eastern playoff teams to keep chipping away in the standings. Washington is also lightyears better at home. Give me the reasonable chalk.