Milwaukee Bucks (41-35) at Denver Nuggets (41-35)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 1, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Denver Nuggets -4 -- Over/Under: 223.5
The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to inch closer to a playoff berth after winning five of their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 106.3 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.3 points and 10 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.3 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Parker is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last six road games.
The Denver Nuggets also look to get closer to a playoff spot after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.7 points and three assists while Nikola Jokic is averaging 17.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. Jamal Murray is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.1 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last six home games.
The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 17-35-2 ATS in their last 54 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nuggets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Central and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 4-12-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Denver, 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been able to put together some nice wins recently as they close in on a playoff spot, but I'm not ready to trust them just yet. The Bucks have been one of the more inconsistent teams all season and don't play the level of defense you'd expect from this group. The Denver Nuggets are also one of the better home teams in the league, shooting a healthy 48.4 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 6.2 points. The Nuggets have also won five of the last six meetings against the Bucks, as their up tempo play can give Milwaukee fits. In a battle between two teams fighting for a playoff spot, I give the edge to the Nuggets at home.