The team that finished with the best record in the whole league, the Milwaukee Bucks (56-17), are facing the Orlando Magic (33-40) in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Bucks lost three times in their last four games, while Magic are coming off a victory.
Date/Time: 08-18-2020, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -12.5 Total: +225
Bucks finished the regular season with a 56-17 record (39-34 ATS). They were first in the whole NBA. They are 1-3 in their last 4 games. In their last game they lost against the Grizzlies, 106-119. They were the underdogs at +4 and failed to cover the spread.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 29.5 ppg, in rebounding with 13.6 and in assists made with 5.6. Kris Middleton follows with 20.9 ppg, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Orlando Magic finished the regular season with a 33-40 record (35-36-2 ATS). They were placed 8th in the East. In their last game they snapped a five-game losing streak with a 133-127 over the Pelicans. They were the -4 favorites and successfully covered the spread.
Nikola Vucevic leads the team both in scoring with 19.6 ppg and in rebounding with 10.9 per game.
Milwaukee swept Orlando 4-0 wins in the regular season.
Bucks are best in the league both offensively (118.7 to 107.3) and in rebounding (51.7 to 44.5). They are also better in FG% (47.6% to 44.4%), in 3pt% (35.5% to 34.3%) and in assists (25.9 to 23.9).
On the other hand, Magic are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 15.1).
Both teams are very close defensively (108.3 to 108.6).
Bookmakers give the Bucks a -12.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are simply superior and will want to enter the postseason with an easy victory
Magic vs Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -12.5 (-111)
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