Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks, and Betting Preview
Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Game Information
Jazz (4-4) vs. Bucks (5-3)
Date: Friday, January 7
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Fiserv Forum
TV Coverage: ATRM, FSWI
Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Jazz (+210) Bucks (-255)
Spread: Jazz +6 (-110) Bucks -6 (-110)
Total: 230.5 (-110)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Jazz (+2000) Bucks (+500)
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Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks News and Notes
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off maybe one of the most-dominant back-to-backs ever after dismantling Detroit in a two-game set. Both games were over in the first half after the Bucks put up scores of 67 and 81 in the opening frames on Monday and Wednesday nights. Giannis Antetokounmpo set the standard, scoring 43 in game one of the miniseries. Milwaukee has won four of their past five while averaging over 131 points per game in those victories.
Partially on their recent play’s strength, the Bucks find themselves atop the league in scoring, putting up over 125 points a night, almost five points more than any other team. Milwaukee is also leading the league as the only team in the NBA, shooting over 50 percent from the field. The ultra-efficient Bucks also lead the league in three-point shooting percentage and three-pointers made with 17.7 per game. Perhaps part of the reason for getting off so many good shots is top-level passing. Milwaukee is third in the NBA, dishing out almost 28 assists per game.
Adding to their efficiency on offense, the Bucks once again are also very economical on the defensive end. After leading the league in defensive efficiency the past two seasons, Milwaukee is a top-ten team in opposing field goal percentage and 3-point shooting percentage. Defense is something their Friday night opponent has had a problem with lately.
Utah comes into Milwaukee on a two-game losing streak after dropping a pair of games in the state of New York. The Jazz came into Brooklyn and must’ve felt pretty confident with superstar Kevin Durant on the Nets’ shelf. That confidence waned quickly as the Nets dropped 63 in the first half to jump out to a 19-point lead on the way to a 130-96 blowout. Things didn’t end much better the next night visiting the Knicks. Utah blew an 18-point second-half lead and went on to lose to New York 112-100. The second straight loss dropped the Jazz to the bottom half of the league in points and field goal percentage allowed.
Utah hasn’t been any better on the offensive end. Their scoring woes directly reflects their number one weapon. Donovan Mitchell got off to a real slow start and has struggled to get his field goal percentage up to a respectable level. The All-Star two-guard began the year shooting just 32 percent from the field, a far cry from the 52 percent he hit in last year’s playoffs or his 43.7 percent career mark. Mitchell has since upped his FG rate to 37 percent but is still struggling to find efficiency.
Mitchell’s teammate, on the other hand, had been the model of efficiency. Rudy Gobert’s 61 percent shooting from the floor ranks sixth in the league while he’s putting up almost 14 points per game. Gobert is also again doing it on the defensive end. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is second with 2.5 blocked shots per game and third in the NBA with 13.2 rebounds.
Joe Ingles (Achilles) and Derrick Favors (knee) are both game-time decisions while the Bucks come in without any significant injuries.
The Jazz has failed to cover in five of their past seven while Milwaukee has hit the over in six of their past eight games.
Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Picks
Bucks cover -6 (-110)
Over 230.5 total points scored (-110)
Khris Middleton over 20.5 points (-120)