The Milwaukee Bucks (9-4) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (2-10) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Capital One Arena and televised on MNMT. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Bucks vs Wizards
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Bucks defeated the Mavericks with a final score of 132-125. Not only did the Bucks win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -2 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 246 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
In today’s game against the Wizards, the Bucks aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 9-4. Currently, in the Eastern Conference, the team is ranked 3rd, and they are 1st in the Central division.
Against the spread, the Bucks have covered in three straight games and have an overall ATS record of 4-9. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 2-4 compared to a 2-5 record vs. the spread at home.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Wizards lost to the Knicks with a final score of 120-99. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Wizards couldn’t cover the spread as +7 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 219 points ended up below the over/under line of 226.
Getting ready to face the Bucks, the Wizards hold an overall record of 2-10 and need a win to break their five game losing streak. Across 12 games, the Wizards have a 1-9 record when facing Eastern Conference teams, and they have a 1-1 record in non-conference games.
Washington possesses an ATS record of 5-7 for this season, including their ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. Washington has failed to cover the spread in four straight home games and are 1-4 ATS at home compared to 4-3 on the road.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 119.2 points per game (6th). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.7 made 3’s per game. One area that the Milwaukee offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 5th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Washington offense is the 11th ranked unit in the NBA, at 114.1 points per contest. So far, Washington is averaging 102.9 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team playing at an up-tempo pace, but they have been able to pair this style with one of the better field goal percentages in the NBA at 47%.
Bucks Team Defense
Currently, the Bucks’ defense holds the 23rd rank in the NBA, allowing 116.8 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bucks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 53.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.4% from downtown.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Wizards’ defense is giving up an average of 122.9 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 75.0% of their games.
The Washington defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Washington.
Key Players For The Bucks And Wizards
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to be the main scorer for the Bucks, recording 20 points and shooting 8/12 from the field. This season, he is averaging 29.2 points per game along with 9.9 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kyle Kuzma as the leading scorer for the Wizards. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.4% and is averaging 23.5 points per contest.
Bucks vs Wizards Trends
- In their last three road games, Milwaukee has averaged 118 points per game while allowing 107. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- In their last ten games at home, the Wizards have a straight up record of 1-9 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 114 points per game in these contests.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 2-8. Their record vs the spread in these games was 5-5.
- The Bucks have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Bucks vs. Wizards game, our recommendation is to take the Wizards at +9. Despite our model showing the Bucks winning 107-106, we like Wizards as our point-spread pick.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 245 and our model has the Bucks and Wizards finishing with a combined 213 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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