The Milwaukee Bucks (33-16) travel to face off against the Utah Jazz (24-26) on Sunday, February 4th. This game will be played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City and televised on KJZZ. The Bucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Jazz are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Bucks vs Jazz
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
The Bucks clinched a 129-117 win over the Mavericks in their previous game. Despite being behind at halftime 65-60, the Bucks picked up the win.
Overall, the Bucks are 33-16 and are 1-2 in their last three games. When playing on the road, the Bucks are 12-11 compared to a 21-5 record at home.
Milwaukee comes in with an overall ATS record of 19-30 so far this season. On the road, the Bucks have an ATS record of 9-14, as opposed to a 10-16 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Jazz Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Jazz will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the 76ers with a final score of 127-124. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Jazz also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -4.5 point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 242 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
So far this season, the Jazz have gone 15-7 at home while going 9-19 on the road. Overall, they are 24-26 and are looking to snap their three game losing streak against the Bucks.
Utah has an overall ATS record of 29-21 for the season so far. The Jazz have experienced a two game ATS loss streak as favorites, and they are 20-17 vs. the spread when they are underdogs.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Milwaukee offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 124 points per contest.
This season, the Bucks have been one of the most potent offenses in the league, ranking 2nd in points per game at 124. On the road, they are averaging 122.1 points per game, which is the best mark in the NBA.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Milwaukee is 5th in made threes per game at 14.2. Overall, they are 8th in three-point attempts and have hit 37% of their looks from beyond the arc.
In terms of pace, the Bucks are 3rd in the league at 101.9 possessions per game. This has helped them rank 2nd in free throw attempts, as they are getting to the line an average of 26.4 times per game.
Jazz Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Utah is averaging 117.6 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league.
The Jazz have been one of the best offensive teams in the league this season, averaging 117.6 points per game (11th). At home, they have been even better, scoring 123.9 points per game (3rd).
Utah has been a high-volume three-point shooting team, attempting 36.8 threes per game (10th). However, their three-point shooting percentage is just 35% (22nd).
So far this season, the Jazz have outscored the NBA scoring average in 60% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 9th in the league at 100.1 possessions per game.
Bucks Team Defense
So far, the Bucks’ defense is ranked 23rd in the league at 119.9 points per contest. The Milwaukee defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.
Jazz Team Defense
Facing Milwaukee, the Jazz aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 120.0 points allowed per game (24th). When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 38.0% from downtown.
Key Players For The Bucks And Jazz
In today’s game, we anticipate Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the scoring for the Bucks, contributing 30 points while shooting 11/19 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 31.3 points per game, in addition to 11.5 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Lauri Markkanen as the leading scorer for the Jazz. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 24 while also collecting 8 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 49.5%, and his scoring average is 23.6 points per game.
Bucks vs Jazz Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 117 points per game in this stretch.
- Across the Jazz last five home games, the team averaged 119 points per game while allowing 129. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Bucks have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 1-2.
- Going back to their last three games as the favorite, the Jazz have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
As the underdogs with a spread of +1, we recommend going with the Bucks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 247 and our model has the Bucks and Jazz finishing with a combined 238 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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