The team that holds the best record in the NBA, the Bucks (54-13), are facing another Eastern playoff team, the Nets (31-35). Milwaukee has a comfortable 5½ game cushion ahead of the second Raptors. The Nets are fighting with the Magic for the 7th place of the conference.
Date/Time: 08-04-2020, 13:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -18.5 Total: +231
Bucks have a 54-13 record (37-30 ATS) and are sitting on top of the league. In their last game they lost against the Rockets, 116-120, failing to cover the -5 spread.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 29.9 ppg, in rebounding with 13.8 and in assists made with 5.8. He has been outstanding in the restart, averaging 36 ppg, 16.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
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Nets have a 31-35 record (32-34 ATS) and are 8th in the East. In their last game they won against the Wizards, 118-110, covering the -4 handicap.
Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 27.4 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game but he is out for the season. Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie are also not participating in the restart.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Bucks won on the road by 20 points.
Bucks have the best offense in the league (118.6 to 111). They are also better defensively (107.6 to 111.6).
They have the second-best FG percentage in the NBA (47.7% to 44.4%). They also have a better 3-point percentage (35.4% to 33.9%).
Milwaukee lead the league in rebounding (51.9 to 48.3). They are also better both in assists (25.8 to 24.1) and in turnovers committed (15 to 15.4).
Bookmakers give the Bucks a -18.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the absolute favorite but they will surely win by less than 19.
Nets vs Bucks Prediction: Brooklyn Nets +18.5 (-110)
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