The Milwaukee Bucks (22-8) travel to face off against the Brooklyn Nets (15-15) on Wednesday, December 27th. This game will be played at Barclays Center. The Nets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bucks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Bucks vs Nets
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Bucks were defeated by the Knicks in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 129-122. Besides losing the game outright, the Bucks also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -3.5 point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 243 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
Coming into their matchup against the Nets, the Bucks have an overall record of 22-8 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. Within the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are 2nd and are also 1st in the Central division.
So far, Milwaukee is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 13-17. In their last two home games, Milwaukee has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 7-11 at home compared to 6-6 on the road.
The Nets Are Coming Off A Win
The Nets notched a win against the Pistons in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 118-112. The Nets entered the game as -6.5-point favorites, but their 6 point victory fell short of covering the spread. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 228.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
With an overall record of 15-15, the Nets are looking to climb above .500 as they prepare to take on the Bucks. In non-conference play, the Nets are 2-6 compared to a record of 13-9 against other Eastern Conference teams.
Against the spread, Brooklyn are currently above .500, at 18-11 ATS. The Nets have suffered four consecutive ATS losses when playing as underdogs, and they are 9-3 against the spread when they are the favorites.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
The Bucks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 124.5 points per game (2nd). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.3 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 102 possessions per contest.
Nets Offense Breakdown
Today, the Nets enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 116 points per game (12th). The Nets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.3 made 3’s per game. If the Nets offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.1 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Bucks’ defense is giving up an average of 119.1 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Bucks are causing 13.1 turnovers per game, ranking 16th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 13th in rejections, averaging 5.5 blocked shots each game.
Nets Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Nets’ defense is giving up an average of 115.4 points per contest.
The Brooklyn defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Brooklyn.
Key Players For The Bucks And Nets
For today’s matchup, we project Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the scoring for the Bucks, putting up 21 points and shooting at a rate of 8/12. This season, he is averaging 30.8 points per game along with 11 boards.
As for Brooklyn, Cam Thomas is projected to be the primary scorer for the Nets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 16, and adding 2 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 45.3%, and his scoring average is 23.5 points per game.
Bucks vs Nets Trends
- Although Milwaukee has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 121 points per game in these games.
- In their last three games at home, the Nets have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 115 points per game in these contests.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Nets have a straight up record of 0-3 and an ATS mark of 0-3.
- Although the Bucks have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the spread going 1-2.
We’re putting our money on the Bucks to win, and have the projected score sitting at 113-108. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Bucks at -3.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 240.5, and our model projects the Bucks and Nets to reach a combined total of 221 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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