Washington Wizards (16-21) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (23-12)
January 1, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5; Over/Under: +225.5
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The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Washington Wizards at the Fiserv Forum on New Year’s Day.
The Washington Wizards have been in red-hot form as they’ve won five of their past six games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after routing the depleted Magic in a 119-100 road win on Friday. Kristaps Porzingis barely missed all night as he led the team with 30 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, Kyle Kuzma added 23 points with six assists while Rui Hachimura chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Wizards shot 56 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line as they held the Magic to just 20 points in the first quarter to take the early lead and never looked back as they were never threatened after exploding for 42 points in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in a real funk as they’ve lost six of their last 10 games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum after snapping a four-game skid with a 123-114 home win over the Timberwolves on Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 43 points, 20 rebounds and five assists, Bobby Portis added 22 points with 14 rebounds off the bench while Joe Ingles tallied 14 points with 10 assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and scored just 17 points in the second quarter to fall behind by 11 points going into halftime, but they flipped the script with a 39-22 third quarter to set up the much-needed victory to get the season back on track. Pat Connaughton had a rough night of just two points on one of seven shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bucks are 3-9-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a win, 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall and the Wizards are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee.
The Wizards could be shorthanded once again as Bradley Beal and Taj Gibson are both questionable, while the Bucks will again be missing Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. The Wizards are still banged up at the moment, but so are the Bucks who were riding a four-game skid before their win over the Timberwolves on Friday. The Wizards have been playing some of their best basketball of the season and I think we’re getting just enough points to back them in this spot.