The Milwaukee Bucks (7-4) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (3-7) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Spectrum Center and televised on BSSE. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Raptors. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
The Bucks notched a win against the Raptors in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 128-112. In addition to their straight-up win, the Bucks also covered the spread as -2-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 224.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Hornets, the Bucks are looking to build on their above .500 record of 7-4. Currently, in the Eastern Conference, the team is ranked 5th, and they are 2nd in the Central division.
Milwaukee’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 2-9 for the season. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 1-4, as opposed to a 1-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Hornets conveyed a message to the Heat with a score of 111-105. The Hornets managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 57-48.
So far this season, the Hornets have a record of just 3-7, as they look to pick up a win over the Bucks. Across their 10 games, the Hornets have recorded a 3-5 record when facing teams from the Eastern Conference and a 0-2 record in non-conference games.
So far, Charlotte’s ATS record is below .500 at 4-5. The Hornets maintain an ATS record of 3-2 on the road, while they have a 1-3 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Bucks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 117 points per game (7th). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.8 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 3rd ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 115 points per game (9th). Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 9.4 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 10th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Bucks’ defense is giving up an average of 117.7 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Bucks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.5% and 35.5% from three-point territory.
Hornets Team Defense
So far, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 27th in the league at 121.9 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Hornets are forcing 14.2 per game, which is 15th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 22nd in blocked shots at 4.8 per game.
Key Players For The Bucks And Hornets
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to be the main scorer for the Bucks, recording 19 points and shooting 8/12 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 29.5 points per game, along with 9.6 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place LaMelo Ball as the leading scorer for the Hornets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 17 while also collecting 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 41.8% and is averaging 22.2 points per contest.
Bucks vs Hornets Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 117 points per game in these contests.
- In their last five home games, Charlotte has averaged 118 points per game while allowing 124. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-3 while going 3-2.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 4-6. Their record vs the spread in these games was 6-3-1.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Bucks struggled vs the spread going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 2-1.
For a point-spread wager in this Bucks vs. Hornets game, we suggest taking the Hornets at +7.5. Even though our predictions have the Bucks winning 107-106, we see the Hornets as the better choice on the point-spread.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 236 and our model has the Bucks and Hornets finishing with a combined 213 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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