Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing tonight, when the first Milwaukee Bucks (49-16), are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (30-35), who are tied in the ninth place and both teams are coming off single victories that ended their previous losing streaks and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 03-09-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -12
Milwaukee Bucks have a 49-16 record (38-24-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Pacers with a 117-98 score, 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 17.6 ppg, 5.9 boards and 4.3 dimes per game.
Charlotte Hornets have a 30-35 record (30-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Wizards with a 112-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and a team high 5.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Bucks lead the Hornets 2-1 wins, having won the previous home game by 9 points. Bucks have a 26-5 home record, while the Hornets are 9-21 on the road. Bucks are better both offensively, scoring 117.3 ppg to Hornets’ 110.8 ppg and defensively, allowing 108.1 ppg to Hornets’ 111.4. Bucks have a better field goal percentage (47.7% to 44.9%), while both teams have identical 3-point percentage (35.1%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (49.3 to 44.3) and in dimes made (26 to 23.2), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.2 to 13.4). Bucks are the absolute favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -12 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Hornets will surely force a closer game than that.
Charlotte Hornets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Charlotte Hornets +12 (-107)
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