Milwaukee Bucks (55-14) at Dallas Mavericks (41-30)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:30 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
TV: ESPN, FSSW, FSWI, TSN Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now!
The Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks meet Saturday in NBA action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 118.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.7 points and 13.7 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.8 rebounds per game.
The Dallas Mavericks also need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 116.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 29 points and 8.8 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds. Trey Burke is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Hardaway Jr. is dishing 1.9 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game.
The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Dallas and 1-7-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The over is 25-11 in the last 36 meetings.
The Milwaukee Bucks are clearly the better team in this matchup, but they've looked a bit shaky in their last two games, losing to the Nets and getting down 30 points to the Heat. The Bucks now have the top seed in the East locked up, and I have to question if we're going to see Antetokounmpo and others get put on minute restrictions. The Dallas Mavericks haven't shown much heart defensively in the bubble, but they still have a chance to jump to the sixth seed in the West and they hung around with the Clippers until the fourth quarter.
I don't love the pick, but I'd give the Mavs and the points a look here.