Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee -8.5
NBAtv, YES, FSWI
The Brooklyn Nets pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on Saturday night.
The Brooklyn Nets have been in a rut lately as they’ve lost seven of their past 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Raptors in a 115-105 home loss on Wednesday. D’Angelo Russell led the team with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Spencer Dinwiddie added 14 points with five assists off the bench while Jarrett Allen and DeMarre Carroll each scored 12 points. As a team, the Nets shot 47 percent from the field and 10 of 32 from the 3-point line, but they came out looking to play small ball which just didn’t work against the Raptors who dominated the game to lead by as many as 14 points late in the third quarter. With the loss, Brooklyn fell to 39-40 overall and 22-18 at home which is currently good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in great form as they’ve won six of their last seven games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after beating the 76ers in a 128-122 road win on Thursday. Giannis Antetokoumpo led the way with 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks while committing zero turnovers, Khris Middleton added 22 points while George Hill chipped in with 20 points and five assists in extended minutes off the bench. As a team, the Bucks shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line as they trailed by as many as five points in the 2:26 until they closed the game on a ferocious 15-4 run to steal the game late despite missing Eric Bledsoe who got ejected in the first quarter for throwing the ball at Joel Embiid. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 59-20 overall and 27-14 on the road which is good for the top seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games playing on two days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team above .600. The Bucks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games, 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record and 33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the favorite is 23-10-1 ATS in the last 34 meetings and the Nets are 8-26-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings.
These two squads have already met three times this season and it was the Bucks who won each meeting by a double-digit margin, so it’s no surprise that the Bucks are heavy favorites again. The Nets are just 8-26-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600, so while a win here would mean more for the Nets, I just don’t see them hanging with the Bucks while they're in this kind of form. I'm sticking with the Bucks to stay hot with another win and cover here.