Milwaukee Bucks (8-2) vs. Golden State Warriors (10-1)
NBA: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:30 PM (Oracle Arena)
Line and Odds: Golden State Warriors: -6
FREE NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors
The Milwaukee Bucks hope to break out of their recent losing slump by performing a tall order of upsetting the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors at their home court.
Milwaukee Bucks have a surprising breakout season from last season. Although Bucks still did not make it past the first round since the 2000-1 season, last playoffs demonstrate that they belong in the conversation of the top-tiered teams in the East. Pushing Celtics near the brink of elimination to 7 games, Bucks prove that they are a threat in years to come. Not to mention, the season before, the franchise player Antetokounmpo, “Greek Freak”, has won Most Improved Player, while Malcolm Brogdon surpassed people’s expectations by winning Rookie of the Year. On a mission to complete Kobe’s request to win MVP, Antetokounmpo is averaging 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. However, the Bucks have never settled since then. They picked up an explosive guard from Eric Bledsoe, who complemented with the Greek Freak’s versatility and fast-paced offense. Bledsoe is averaging 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Over the offseason, they picked up their starting center in Brook Lopez and found a staple from the bench in Ersan Ilyasova. Lopez is averaging 12 points and 3 rebounds during his 10 starts, while Ilyasova is averaging 9 points and 7 rebounds.
From the get-go, the Bucks have come here to play. In the offseason, they have destroyed all of the teams except for their one loss in a close contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They have defeated the Timberwolves twice in the offseason with an average margin of 20 points. In the regular season, the Bucks proved to continue this momentum by destroying top Eastern contenders, such as the Indiana Pacers by 17 points, Philadelphia 76ers by 15 points, and Toronto Raptors by 15 points. However, although Bucks have been resting comfortably in the second seed with 8 wins over a span of 10 games, recently, Bucks have been struggling as of late. They suffered both of their losses in the three most recent games played: one against the top contender of the East in Boston Celtics by 4 points and a consistent playoff team in the West in Portland Trailblazers by 15 points. Continuing their West Coast trip after their ugliest loss of the season, Bucks hope to drive this momentum against the Warriors.
Golden State Warriors is finding their rhythm and groove as they continue their week-long stay at home. The three opponents that have faced Warriors so-far in the home-court defense has proven to be a challenge. Each game, Warriors must pulled out a miraculous third or fourth quarter performance to pull away from the opponents. In the Pelicans game, the Warriors outscored the Pelicans in the third quarter by 8 points to build a commanding lead in the fourth quarter to stop the Pelicans comeback. In the Timberwolves game, the Timberwolves were within Warriors’ striking distance in the entire game, until the Warriors got down and focused on their defense, shutting the Minnesota squad to only 12 points in the closing quarter. Warriors outscored the Timberwolves by 21 points in the last quarter to pull away to a blowout victory in Oracle. The Grizzlies’ grit and grind defense proves to be troubling the Warriors, as the scores remained tied at halftime, but the Warriors were lucky to take advantage of the exhausted Grizzlies, who had a night’s rest between facing Phoenix Suns and the Warriors. The Warriors completely dominated in the third quarter with a margin of 19 points.
Warriors have such a fluid roster, with anyone blowing up in any given night. Klay Thompson, who was struggling earlier in the season, has reached a game-high of 27 points against the Grizzlies, while KD and Steph combined for 41 points. While the stars were performing as great and consistent as usual, the star of the night was the underdog Alfonzo McKinnie, who was only a training camp invitee at the start of the season, but fought his way to earn a roster spot and a solid place in the rotation throughout the games. He scored 14 points, dished out 3 assists, and grabbed 2 rebounds in the victory. Quinn Cook was also a surprise from the Grizzlies game, scoring 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Overall, Warriors look like they are unbeatable and a surefire to win the championship, which is the kind of expectation that people has for the team coming into the season. Klay Thompson looks like his usual self, averaging 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists, while his Splash Brother Stephen Curry is putting his name in the MVP candidacy with 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. KD, who is not too far behind in Steph in scoring, is averaging 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Milwaukee is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Milwaukee is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Milwaukee is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Golden State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State’s last 6 games at home
Golden State is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Golden State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
FREE NBA Prediction: Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks may have found the perfect opportunity to strike the Warriors. Warriors is without their main defensive star in Draymond Green, who suffered a sprained toe against the Grizzlies. Also, the Warriors are going to be missing their reliable backup point guard in Shaun Livingston, who is battling soreness in his right foot. In addition, DeMarcus Cousins is inactive as he is still recovering from his ACL injury suffered from last season, with no timetable for his return. While the Bucks may have the best opportunity to strike against the shorthanded Warriors, unfortunately for the rest of the league, the Warriors are deep in their roster. Andre Iguodala is returning back after missing the Memphis game due to rest, and he can easily replace Draymond Green as the reliable defensive stop against Giannis.
Jordan Bell is a younger, more active version of Draymond Green, who is excited to earn minutes, competing for a solid rotation spot for the center position against Kevon Looney and Damian Jones, both who are playing spectacular. Jordan Bell is averaging 2 points and 2 rebounds, while Kevon Looney is averaging 6 points and 5 assists and Damian Jones is averaging 6 points and 3 rebounds in his 10 starts. Their two most recent pickups, Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko, can also be inserted into the rotation to provide spark to the tempo to the team throughout the game. McKinnie is averaging 7 points and 4 rebounds while Jerebko is averaging 7 points and 5 rebounds.
While the Bucks are a talented young squad, the Warriors have years of championship experience coupled with one of the best coaches in the league in Steve Kerr, and not to mention the talent in the all-star studded roster, to back up their position in defending home court. But do not expect this game to be a blowout at all. The Bucks are going to be pulling a fight, and the Greek Freak’s high-powered, electrified offense is going to spell trouble for the Warriors defense early on. Expect a closely heated match in what could possibly be a sneak preview to the NBA Finals.