Orlando Magic (2-3) at Milwaukee Bucks (5-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 27, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 222
The Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.
The Orlando Magic look for their second road victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 102.8 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.8 points and 10.4 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.4 points and five assists. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost 12 of their last 14 road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for yet another victory to build on their impressive 5-0 start to the season. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 119.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.5 points and 16.5 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 24.3 points and 3.5 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 53.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won six of their last seven home games.
The Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Central. The Bucks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Milwaukee.
The Orlando Magic have provided value in the big underdog role dating back to last season, and they've covered three straight as an underdog of at least six points. However, the Milwaukee Bucks are off to their best start in well over a decade and each of their last four wins have been decided by double digits. I'm always iffy on laying big numbers in the NBA, as you get burned more times than not, but the Bucks aren't a team I'm trying to step in front of right now. So, this is either Bucks or pass for me.