Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game Information
Dallas Mavericks (6-4) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8-4)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Fiserv Forum
TV Coverage: ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Mavericks +200 / Bucks -250) (Current: Mavericks +215 / Bucks -260)
Spread: (Open: Bucks -6) (Current: Bucks -6.5)
Total: (Open: 230.5) (Current: 227.5)
NBA Championship Odds: Mavericks +2200 / Bucks +700
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks News and Notes
Dallas could have several players return to the team after clearing the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols: Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson, and Jalen Brunson are day-to-day.
Maxi Kleber is the only player mandated to remain in COVID-19 protocols based on his possible exposure to the virus.
As for Milwaukee, only Torrey Craig (nose) and Jrue Holiday (ankle) are listed on the report, but both should be probable for Friday’s matchup.
- Dallas is on a 4-0 ATS run.
- Dallas is 3-0-2 ATS in their last five meetings in Milwaukee.
- Dallas is 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
- Dallas is on a 4-0 ATS run as an underdog.
- The total is 22-4 to the over when Milwaukee plays a team with a winning record.
- The total is 4-1 to the over in their last five meetings.
- The total is 8-3 to the over in their last 11 meetings in Milwaukee.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Picks
The Dallas Mavericks are hot right now, and the return of Kristaps Porziņģis has certainly galvanized this team. The tandem of Porziņģis and Luka Dončić is arguably as good as any duo in the league. Dallas is on a 4-0 winning streak and has covered the spread in each of those last four games.
What intrigues me the most about this game is that it will be broadcast around the country on ESPN. Dončić is always aware when the bright lights are on, and I don’t expect him to disappoint. The Mavericks don’t fear the deer that is the Milwaukee Bucks. They haven’t lost against the spread in their last five meetings in Milwaukee, and in their last 17 meetings, they’re 12-3-2. The total is ticking down from 230.5 to the current number at 227.5, and that makes me like the Mavericks even more because I think both are somewhat correlated.
If this game comes down to a few possessions down the stretch, there are few players you want more with the ball in their hands than Luka Dončić, who is currently the odds on favorite to win the MVP award. At just 21 years of age, Doncic is averaging 27.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 8.3 assists. We often hear a lot about how Giannis Antetokounmpo is unguardable. Well, good luck to anyone trying to stay in front of Doncic and Porziņģis tonight.
My model gives Milwaukee just a two-point edge in this matchup, so I’m getting 4. 5 points of value on the current line. This one’s an easy choice for me. I’ll take the points with the underdog Mavericks.
The Pick: Mavericks +6.5