Bucks vs Clippers Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 2/2/23
Los Angeles Clippers (29-25) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (34-17)
February 2, 2023 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5; Over/Under: +233.5
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The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in fine form as they’ve won six of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after sneaking past the Bulls in a 108-103 road win on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 33 points, five assists and five steals, Norman Powell added 26 points off the bench while Paul George chipped in with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Clippers shot just 39 percent from the field and 12 of 44 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sluggish start and scored just 20 points in the first quarter to 19 points in the blink of an eye, but to their credit, they never gave up and finally run down the Bulls in the fourth quarter where they held the Bulls to just 19 points.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in fine form as they’ve won seven of their last eight games overall and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after beating the Hornets in a 124-115 home win on Tuesday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 34 points, 18 rebounds and four assists, Khris Middleton added 18 points off the bench while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Bucks shot just 41 percent from the field and 15 of 44 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in an arm wrestle until the third quarter where the Bucks pulled away and led by as many as 17 points, before holding off a late rally from the Hornets.
Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Bucks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Milwaukee and the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall.
The Clippers are missing a couple players as John Wall and Marcus Morris are both still out, while the Bucks are still without Bobby Portis, but they should have MarJon Beauchamp back in the lineup. The Clippers are heating up right now with Leonard and George leading the way, but it’s always a tough task to beat the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum. It’s tempting to take the Bucks at the short line at home, but the Clippers have been flying under the radar lately and the Bucks are only 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games against a team with a winning road record. With that being said, I’ll lean towards the Clippers to pull of the upset in this spot.