Milwaukee Bucks (9-1) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (4-6)
November 9, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +7.5; Over/Under: +220.5
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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder duke it out at the Paycom Center on Wednesday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their season with nine wins on the trot, but they are now looking to bounce back after having their win streak snapped by the shorthanded Hawks in a 117-98 road loss on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 25 points on nine of 20 shooting, Jrue Holiday added 16 points with seven assists while Brook Lopez, Grayson Allen and Bobby Portis each scored 11 points. As a team, the Bucks shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 40 from the 3-poiint line as they got off to a quick start and looked in control after jumping out to an early 14-point lead, but they didn’t match the Hawks coming out of halftime and got blown away by an incredible 65-40 in the second half against a Hawks team playing without their best player in Trae Young.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a rut as they’ve lost six of their first 10 games and they will be eager to arrest a three-game slide after getting stopped by the lowly Pistons in a 112-103 road loss on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Kenrich Williams and Mike Muscala each scored 11 points, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Thunder shot just 40 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they dominated the first half to lead by as many as 16 points, only to give it up in the second half where they got outscored by an incredible 64-40.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss.
Head to head, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings overall and the Bucks are 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Oklahoma City.
The Bucks are still without Pat Connaughton. Joe Ingles and Jrue Holiday while the Thunder have listed Aleksej Pokusevski as questionable for this one. The Bucks are a little banged up at the moment, but they still have Antetokounmpo in the lineup and they will be eager to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season. The Thunder have really cooled off since their hot start to the season and they will be low on confidence after falling to the Pistons, so I’ll go with the shorthanded Bucks to get the job done here.