Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing, when the New Orleans Pelicans (30-39), looking to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (50-17), who saw a small winning streak end and want to bonce back today.
Date/Time: 03-12-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans +9.5
New Orleans Pelicans have a 30-39 record (33-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in 12th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Hawks with a 116-128 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.6 ppg, adding 4 dimes and a team high 12.2 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 21.2 ppg, 5 boards and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
Milwaukee Bucks have a 50-17 record (39-25-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Spurs with a 114-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 6 and in boards grabbed with 12.6 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.4 ppg, 6 boards and 4.2 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Bucks won at home with a 123-115 score. Pelicans have a 18-14 home record, while the Bucks are 23-12 on the road. Bucks are better both offensively, scoring 117.4 ppg to Pelicans’ 115.6 and defensively, allowing 108.4 ppg to Pelicans’ 115.4. Both teams have identical percentages both in field goals (47.7% to 47.6%) and in 3-pointers (35.2% to 34.8%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (49.3 to 47) and in turnovers committed (13.4 to 14.1), while Pelicans are better in dimes made (26.9 to 26). Bucks are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 (-109)
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