The Milwaukee Bucks (32-15) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (14-33) on Wednesday, January 31st. This game will be played at Moda Center in Portland and televised on ESPN. The Trail Blazers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bucks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the 76ers. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Bucks vs Trail Blazers
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Bucks conveyed a message to the Nuggets with a score of 113-107. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Bucks failed to cover the spread as +4 point underdogs. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 220 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 238.
Heading into today’s action, the Bucks have a 32-15 overall record and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 2nd place and are in 1st place in the Central division.
Milwaukee’s ATS record sits below .500 (18-29). The Bucks maintain an ATS record of 8-13 on the road, while they have a 10-16 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Trail Blazers Are Coming Off A Win
The Trail Blazers clinched a 130-104 win over the 76ers in their previous game. As the second half got underway, the Trail Blazers were leading by a score of 58-55.
In their last five games, the Trail Blazers have gone 2-3 and have an overall record of 14-33. In the Western Conference, they are in 14th place and are in 5th place in the Northwest division.
Portland comes in with an overall ATS record of 22-25 so far this season. On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 12-14 compared to a 10-11 record vs. the spread at home.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 124 points per game (2nd).
The Bucks are one of the top offensive teams in the NBA, averaging 124 points per game, which is 2nd in the league. They have been even better on the road, averaging 122.1 points per game.
Milwaukee’s offense is built around their ability to get to the free-throw line, as they are 2nd in the NBA in free-throw attempts. They are also one of the top three-point shooting teams, making an average of 14.3 threes per game.
When it comes to pace, the Bucks are 2nd in the league at 102 possessions per game. They are also one of the top shooting teams, ranking 3rd in field goal percentage at 49%.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.3 points per game.
Portland’s offense has been below the NBA scoring average in 74.5% of their games this season. Overall, they are 29th in scoring at 108.3 points per game. At home, they have averaged 111.1 points per game.
The Blazers are one of the worst shooting teams in the league, ranking 30th in field goal percentage at 43%. They are also last in true shooting percentage. In terms of pace, Portland is 16th in the NBA.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Blazers are 24th in three-point percentage at 35%. They are also 30th in two-point shooting percentage. In terms of assists, Portland is last in the NBA at 22.6 per game.
Bucks Team Defense
Looking at the Bucks defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 120.0 points per game (24th). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Bucks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.6% while allowing 34.3% from downtown.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
On defense, the Trail Blazers come into the game ranked 18th in the league in points allowed at 116.7 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 108 points per contest (9th). So far this season, the Trail Blazers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 7th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.9 times per game vs. Portland.
Key Players For The Bucks And Trail Blazers
In today’s game, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the scoring for the Bucks, contributing 30 points while shooting 11/19 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 31 points per game, along with 11.7 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Anfernee Simons as the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 43.5%, and his scoring average is 22.8 points per game.
Bucks vs Trail Blazers Trends
- Across their five previous road games, Milwaukee has an ATS mark of 0-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-3 while averaging 114 points per game.
- Across their last three home contests, Portland has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 115 points per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Bucks have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 2-3.
The Bucks is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 121-109. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Bucks at -9.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 236.5 and our model has the Bucks and Trail Blazers finishing with a combined 230 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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