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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets - 4/5/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (20-62) at Milwaukee Bucks (44-44)
Date & Time Thursday April 5, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
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NBA | Brooklyn Nets (20-62) at Milwaukee Bucks (44-44)

The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Brooklyn Nets at the Bradley Center on Thursday night.

The Brooklyn Nets have been in a real slump as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting blown out by the 76ers in a 121-95 road loss on Tuesday. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in scoring with 16 points and six assists off the bench, Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points in just 16 minutes against his former team while Joe Harris and Nik Stauskas each scored 13 points. As a team, the Nets shot 42 percent from the field and 17 of 42 from the three-point line but their strategy of chucking up threes really hurt them as the 76ers dominated them on the boards by 56-36 while outscoring them in every quarter. With the loss, Brooklyn dropped to 25-53 overall and 11-27 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been heating up with five wins in their last seven games and they will be looking to build on Tuesday’s 106-102 home win over the Celtics. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Khris Middleton added 20 points with eight rebounds and nine assists while Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 18 points and four assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 54 percent from the field a miserable five of 20 from the three-point as they escaped with the narrow win after leading by as many as 10 points late in the third quarter. To be fair, the Celtics were shorthanded as they were without a recognized point guard with Terry Rozier joining Kyrie Irving on the sidelines. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 42-36 overall which is currently good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games against a team with a winning home record. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 8-21-3 ATS in their last 32 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Nets are 7-23-1 ATS in the last 31 meetings.

You never know exactly what you’re going to get from the Nets, especially at this late stage of the season where lottery-bound teams start resting their best players. The Bucks haven’t exactly been a model of consistency but they’re on a bit of a roll and a win here could see them move from eighth to seventh place in the Western standings. The Bucks have already beaten the Nets twice this season by double digits and I think complete the sweep with another easy win here.

Milwaukee -8.5

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