The Milwaukee Bucks (24-10) travel to face off against the San Antonio Spurs (5-28) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at Frost Bank Center. Both the Bucks and Spurs will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Bucks vs Spurs
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Pacers, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the top scorer for Milwaukee, recording 26 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 50%. Damian Lillard put up 23 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Milwaukee ended up losing the game with a final score of 142-130.
When looking at the Bucks’ record over their last ten games, they are 7-3 and come into today’s game vs. the Spurs with a 24-10 overall record. At home, the Bucks have gone 16-3 compared to their 8-7 mark on the road.
Milwaukee has an overall ATS record of 15-19 for the season so far. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 8-7, as opposed to a 7-12 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Spurs will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Grizzlies with a final score of 106-98. Despite losin the game straight-up, the Spurs did cover the spread as +11 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 204 points ended up below the over/under line of 236.5.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Bucks, the Spurs are 5-28 overall and are 15th in the Western Conference. In their division, they are 5th in the Southwest.
San Antonio’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 13-20 for the season. On the road, the Spurs have an ATS record of 7-10, as opposed to a 6-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Milwaukee is averaging 124.8 points per contest. This figure places them 2nd in the league. So far, Milwaukee is averaging 102.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 50%.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 110.9 points per game. So far, San Antonio is averaging 102.4 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the team adopts an up-tempo pace, there is room for improvement in their scoring efficiency, as they rank 27th in the league in terms of overall field goal percentage, currently at 52%.
Bucks Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Bucks is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 119.7 points per game (24th). Inside the arc, the Bucks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.2% and 32.9% from three-point territory.
Spurs Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Spurs’ defense is giving up an average of 122.8 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 75.8% of their games. Most recently, the Spurs’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 106 points to the Grizzlies.
Key Players For The Bucks And Spurs
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to be the main scorer for the Bucks, recording 30 points and shooting 11/19 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.8 points per game, along with 11.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Keldon Johnson to be the top scorer for the Spurs. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 17.6 points per game.
Bucks vs Spurs Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 131 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, San Antonio has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 114 points per game.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Spurs have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 2-3.
- Going back to their last five games as the favorite, the Bucks have a straight up record of 2-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 2-3.
For today’s matchup we are recommending to take the Bucks to secure the win, with an expected final score of 115-104. When it comes to the spread, we believe they’ll cover at -9.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 249, and our model projects the Bucks and Spurs to reach a combined total of 219 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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