Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns
|Date & Time||Monday March 4, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Line: Phoenix +13
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns do battle at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Monday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a tear lately as they've won 13 of their last 15 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after having their seven-game win streak halted by the Jazz in a 115-111 road loss on Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 43 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, Khris Middleton added added 29 points with nine rebounds and six assists while Brook Lopez chipped in with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. As a team, the Bucks shot 38 percent from the field and 15 of 39 from the 3-point line as they went on a run in the second half to lead by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter before the Jazz rallied to steal the game behind a career-high 46 points from Donovan Mitchell. With the tough loss, Milwaukee fell to 48-15 on the season which is still good for the first place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns were in a world of hurt during their 17-game losing streak, but they've sprung to life with two wins in their last three outings and they will be high on confidence after taking down the Lakers in a 118-109 home win on Saturday. DeAndre Ayton led the team with 26 points on eight of 11 shooting, Devin Booker added 25 points with four assists while Josh Jackson chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Suns shot 51 percent from the field and just six of 26 from the 3-point line, but they set the tone with 33 points in the first quarter and had success on the defensive end by allowing the rookie Ayton to guard LeBron James. With the impressive win, Phoenix improved to 13-51 on the season and 8-23 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games against a team with a losing record, 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 road games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Suns are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings and the Bucks are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Phoenix.
These two squads have already met once this season and it was the Suns who won by 116-114 back in a shock upset back on Nov 23. A lot has happened since then as the Bucks have risen to the top of the standings, while the Suns already have their eyes on the upcoming draft. With that being said, the Bucks are coming off a tough loss where they blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead and they've already lost to the Suns this season, so I'm looking at the Bucks to get back on track with an easy win and cover here.