Two teams from opposing conferences with almost identical records are clashing today, when the Milwaukee Bucks (14-10), having won their last two games, are hosting the Utah Jazz (13-13), who have lost their last two.
Date/Time: 12-09-2017, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -3
Bucks have a 14-10 record (9-11-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Dallas with a 109-102 score, tying the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 29.5 ppg, adding a team high 10.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 20.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 4.3 assists, while newcomer Eric Bledsoe adds 17.4 ppg and a team high 4.4 assists per game.
Jazz have a 13-13 record (15-11 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against Houston with a 101-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Rodney Hood with 17.7 ppg but he is out with an injury. The rookie Donovan Mitchell follows with 17.5 ppg, while Derrick Favors adds 12.6 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Utah won at home with a 121-108 score. Bucks are 8-4 at home so far this season, while Jazz are 2-8 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 103.3 and 103.2 ppg, while Jazz are better defensively, allowing 99.3 ppg to Bucks’ 104. Bucks have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.9% to Jazz’s 45.5%, while Jazz have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with a third-best of 38.7% to Bucks’ 36.4%. Jazz are better in rebounding, grabbing 40.2 to Bucks’ league-low of 38.1, while Bucks are better in assists made, with 22.2 to Jazz’s 21.8 and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 14.9). Bucks are playing better right now and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread which they are expected to beat against a weak road team such as the Jazz.
Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -3 (-107)
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