The New Orleans Pelicans (26-19) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (31-14) on Saturday, January 27th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and televised on BSW. Both the Pelicans and Bucks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Pelicans vs Bucks
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Pelicans conveyed a message to the Thunder with a score of 107-83. Despite being behind at halftime 50-41, the Pelicans picked up the win.
In non-conference play, the Pelicans have gone 8-2 and have an 18-17 record against Western Conference teams. Across their last three games, they are 1-2 and overall they are 26-19.
Against the spread, New Orleans are currently above .500, at 25-20 ATS. This season, New Orleans has a 13-12 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 12-8 when playing as underdogs.
The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Milwaukee’s most recently played the Cavaliers and lost with a final score of 112-100. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Bucks also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -5.5 point favorites. As for the over/under, the combined score of 212 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 238.
When playing on the road, the Bucks have gone 11-9 compared to their home record of 20-5. Overall, they are 31-14 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games.
Milwaukee’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 17-28 for the season. This season, Milwaukee has a 16-27 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 1-1 as underdogs.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
This season, the New Orleans offense is ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring at 116.7 points per game.
So far this season, the Pelicans have been an above-average offensive team, ranking 13th in the league with 116.7 points per game. On the road, they have been even better, averaging 117.4 points per game.
When it comes to pace, New Orleans is 19th in the NBA at 98.3 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 9th in the league at 48%.
One area where the Pelicans have been strong is getting to the free-throw line. They are 6th in the NBA in free throw attempts at 24.8 per game and have made an average of 19 free throws per contest.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Milwaukee offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 124 points per contest.
At home, the Bucks are averaging 125.0 points per game, which is 2nd in the NBA. Overall, they are 2nd in scoring at 124.0 points per game.
In terms of pace, the Bucks are 3rd in the NBA at 102 possessions per game. This has helped them rank 2nd in free throw attempts (26.7 per game).
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Bucks are 8th in three-point percentage at 37%. They are also 5th in made threes at 14.1 per game.
Pelicans Team Defense
At this time, the Pelicans’ defense is positioned 10th in the NBA, permitting 112.4 points per game. Inside the arc, the Pelicans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.5% and 34.3% from three-point territory.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Bucks’ defense is giving up an average of 120.2 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Bucks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.7% and 34.5% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Pelicans And Bucks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Brandon Ingram as the primary point contributor for the Pelicans, finishing with 23 points while maintaining a 9/17 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 21.1 points per game, in addition to 4.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Giannis Antetokounmpo as the leading scorer for the Bucks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 30 while also collecting 11 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 60.7%, and his scoring average is 31 points per game.
Pelicans vs Bucks Trends
- New Orleans has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 125 points per game while allowing 112. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- In their last three home games, the Bucks have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 119 points per game in these contests.
- As the betting underdog, the Pelicans have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. New Orleans posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Bucks have gone 2-8 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 7-3.
Pelicans vs Bucks Prediction
The Bucks is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 121-114. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Bucks at -6.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 241.5 and given that our model is projecting 235 points between the teams, we like the under.
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