Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. BROOKLYN NETS GAME INFORMATION
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Barclays Center
TV Coverage: TNT
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. BROOKLYN NETS MONEYLINE, SPREAD, TOTAL, AND ODDS
Moneyline: Bucks -130 | Nets +110
Spread: Bucks -2
NBA Championship Odds: Bucks +700 | Nets +320
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MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. BROOKLYN NETS NEWS AND NOTES
The Bucks enter this contest in perfect health. They don’t have a single player on the injury report, so they will be at full strength in this contest.
The Nets are also relatively healthy, with one major exception. Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable, and he’s been out of the lineup since January 5th. He missed a handful of games for personal reasons but was expected to return on Saturday, but he was ruled out due to health and safety protocols. A video circulated online of Irving attending a party while away from the team, so he was forced to quarantine upon his return.
If Irving can return, it will be the first game for the new-look Nets. They debuted the newly-acquired James Harden on Saturday, and Harden and Durant both delivered monster performances. It will be interesting to see how these three mesh from a chemistry perspective whenever Irving returns to the lineup.
Spencer Dinwiddie also remains out of the lineup after suffering a torn ACL earlier in the year.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. BROOKLYN NETS PREVIEW AND PICK
This is an absolute heavyweight showdown. These are arguably the two best teams in the Eastern Conference, and this game will feature plenty of star power. The Nets have a better long-term outlook according to FanDuel Sportsbook – they own the second-shortest odds to win the NBA title – but the Bucks are actually favored in this matchup.
I think this matchup comes at the perfect time for the Bucks. Brooklyn will probably develop into a legitimate title contender by the time the playoffs roll around, but there’s going to be some growing pains. Durant, Harden, and Irving will have to learn how to play together, and all three guys will have to command lower usage rates than usual to make it work.
That could be a problem against the Bucks. Milwaukee is as good as ever, outscoring opponents by an average of +10.41 points per 100 possessions through their first 13 games. That’s the second-best mark in the league, trailing only the Lakers’ mark of +10.95.
The Bucks have also been a juggernaut offensively. They’ve averaged 118.3 points per 100 possessions, and the Nets don’t figure to be very good defensively with their new-look lineup. Harden and Irving are both subpar defenders, and they lack a true rim protector at center. DeAndre Jordan is the only real center on the roster at this point, and he is way past his prime. The Nets’ Net Rating has decreased by -11.9 points per 100 possessions with Jordan on the court this season.
I’m bullish about the Nets’ long-term prospects, but this is a brutal matchup for a team that’s still learning to play together. I think the Bucks can take care of business.
The Pick: Bucks -2