Milwaukee Bucks (29-11) Vs. Washington Wizards (17-25)
NBA: Friday, Jan 11, 2019, 9:30 PM ET @ Capital One Arena
Money Line: MIL: -220/ WSH: +185
Free NBA Pick Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards
The Milwaukee Bucks clash with the Washington Wizards tonight in what should be a Friday night brawl. This is a highly unanticipated and high stakes matchup. Last season, the Washington Wizards and Bucks split their regular season series.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been playing sensational basketball lately. Last year, the Bucks ended their season strong after pushing the Celtics to 7 games in the first round of the playoffs. Since the playoffs, the Bucks have added Brook Lopez and George hill to their roster. Brook Lopez has really made a difference in the Bucks ability to shoot the three point shot and to spread the floor. Right now, the Bucks have the best overall record in the NBA, best home record in the NBA, and the leading MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Right now, the Bucks are playing the best basketball in the NBA.
The Bucks are the best offensive team in the NBA and lead the league in points per game. The Starting 5 for the Bucks are among the top 3 starting lineup in the NBA and average over 85 points per game. The Bucks are also one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They are rank first in RPG and top 10 in minimizing their opponents points per game. This is a major improvement considering where the Bucks were last season.
The Washington Wizards have not been playing extremely well lately. In the offseason, the Wizards traded Marcin Gortat, however, this has not fixed the teams problems. They also have acquired Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green. These have been major pieces for the Wizards. This season the Magics have pulled major wins at home against the Lakers, 76ers, Rockets, and the Pelicans. At home, when the Wizards play well, they can compete with any team in the NBA.
The Wizards are one of the best offensive teams in the NBA and are top 8 in the NBA in points scored per game. The wizards have 7 players that average over 11 points per game and 10 players that average over 7 points per game. The Wizards are definitely one of the most talented teams in the NBA.
However, the Wizards are one of the worst defensive team in the NBA and rank 29th in minimizing the points their opponents score per game. This definitely is a significant factor in the Wizards having a 17-25 record.
The Washington Wizards perform well at home. At home, with one or more day of rest, the Wizards are 6-5. The Bucks have the best best home record in the NBA and have won over 90% of their games at home. The Bucks also perform well on road. On the road, the Bucks are 10-7, and with one day of rest they are 6-4.
This night matchup between the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks should be interesting considering that both teams are so potent offensively and good at rebounding the basketball. To win games, both teams rely heavily on the All-stars on their respective teams. However, John wall is expected to be out for this game. And Giannis Antetokounmpo will probably not play tonight for the Bukcs. If Giannis is out, I expect the Wizards to pull off an upset and walk away with a hard fought win at home!
Pick: Washington Wizards even