Clippers vs Bucks : Milwaukee Bucks Vs Los Angeles ClippersThe Los Angeles Clippers (45-30) go on the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks (56-19) on Thursday at 8:00 PM ET.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the favorite at -8.5, 51.2% have picked the Milwaukee Bucks to cover the spread. The over/under for total points scored is 232.5, 77.1% have picked the under. The moneyline for the Milwaukee Bucks is -410, compared to +315 for the Los Angeles Clippers and 75% have picked the Milwaukee Bucks to win the game. Get a 50% bonus up to $1,000 when you join MyBookie with Promo Code: HeroSports
Milwaukee will attempt to build on their 3 game win streak after their victory over the Houston Rockets, 108 – 94; Harden: 23p/10r/7a | Giannis: 19p/14r/4a. The Bucks enter this contest with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and a 31-6 mark at home. Eric Bledsoe dropped a team-high 23 points in their last game. He shot a 47.4% field goal percentage, making 9-of-19 (1/2 from the line, 4/7 from three-point range). Bledsoe finished with 23 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 4 threes with 3 turnovers in 29 minutes.
The Bucks rank highly on points per game (#1), defensive rebounds per game (#1) and blocks per game (#2). The team needs work on offensive rebounds per game (#25), steals per game (#18) and free throw percentage (#15).
Bucks Betting Trends
In the last 7 games, the Bucks have gone 5-2 with an average point differential of 12. Against the spread, their record is 5-2, with an average pre-game line of -8.5 and an average 3.5 against the spread.
They have beat the Over/Under 2 times in this two-week span, while falling under 5 times. The Bucks’ Over/Under lines have averaged 224.4 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of -6.1.The Big Picture
The LA Clippers, who are 11-1 in the month of March and currently riding a 6-game win streak, are playing their best basketball of the entire season. And it couldn’t come at a better time; the Western Conference standings continue to remain tight as the postseason looms on the horizon. The Clippers currently sit in 6th place, though they share the same win-loss record (45-30) as the 5th place Utah Jazz. And only 4.5 games separate 3rd and 8th place in the West. By the end of the night, the Clippers could see themselves in 5th place once again with a win, and possibly even 1 game away from home court advantage with a loss by the Houston Rockets.
Since inserting trade deadline acquisitions Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green, and Garrett Temple into their rotation on February 9th (and later on, Wilson Chandler), the Clippers have gone 15-4. During that span, that is the highest winning percentage in the entire NBA (.789%). They have also sported the league’s 4th-highest Offensive Rating and 6th-highest Net Rating during the same span. And the Clippers are doing it with a starting unit which (usually) features 3 players – Shamet, Zubac, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – who are 21 years-old or younger (with both Shamet and Gilgeous-Alexander in their rookie seasons).
The Clippers are about to wrap up a 4-game road trip, the first 3 games coming against lottery-bound teams. Tonight’s matchup, however, will feature one of the toughest opponents any team has faced all season. With possible absences or at least reduced minutes for Shamet and for Patrick Beverley, the Clippers will need Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Danilo Gallinari to be especially-productive offensively tonight.
The Milwaukee Bucks are a league-leading 56-19 on the season and are likely to retain home court advantage through the entirety of the postseason. Led by potential-MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (averaging 27.3 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game), and featuring a supporting cast of All-Star Khris Middleton, resurgent guard Eric Bledsoe, and sharp-shooting center Brook Lopez, the Bucks are a dangerous team. At the helm is Coach of the Year candidate, Mike Budenholzer, who has turned a defensive-minded group into a two-way dynamo. The Bucks have had a unique combination of length and athleticism for some time, but they are now destroying teams from beyond the arc and playing with a high level of offensive freedom on a night-to-night basis.
For some added perspective on where this Bucks group stands, they lead the league in points per game (117.4), defensive rebounds per game (40.2), total rebounds per game (49.5), Defensive Rating (104.2), and Net Rating (9.2), all while holding opponents to the lowest effective field goal percentage (49.9%) of any team in the NBA. They also rank 2nd in the league in 3-point field goals attempted (38.0), 3-point field goals made (13.5), and blocks (6.0) per game.
While the injury of guard Malcolm Brogdon was certainly a major blow for the Bucks, they are still a very complete team with lots of depth. Veterans George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, and Pat Connaughton have also been crucial in making sure this team maintains momentum in their expanded roles. And the current injuries keeping Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol, and Tony Snell sidelined notwithstanding, the Bucks still have enough firepower and collective mental fortitude to advance as far as the NBA Finals — and even to make it pretty interesting.