Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets Predictions 1/7/22

by | Jan 7, 2022 | nba

Milwaukee Bucks (25-15 SU, 18-22 ATS) vs. Brooklyn Nets (24-12 SU, 14-21-1 ATS)

When: Friday January 07 2022, 07:30 PM (ET)

Where: Barclays Center: Brookyln, New York

TV: ESPN

Point Spread: MIL 3.5/BRO -3.5 (Opened at BRK -3.5 at SportsBetting.ag - Awesome live betting platform and 35% crytpo reloads! Players LOVE this betting site!)

Total: 234 (Opened at 234)

Money Line: Milwaukee 135/Brooklyn -167)

Power Rating: MIL -2

Probable Starting Lineups

Bucks: PG Javonte Smart, SG Rodney Hood, SF Khris Middleton, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Bobbby Portis

Nets: PG James Harden, SG Patty Mills, SF Kevin Durant, PF DeAndre Bembry,C Lamarcus Aldridge

Key Injuries

Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo: illness (QUESTIONABLE) Donte DiVincenzo: ankle (QUESTIONABLE) George Hill: illness (OUT) Brook Lopez: back (OUT) Jrue Holiday: illness (OUT) Grayson Allen illness (OUT) Pat Connaughton illness (OUT)

Nets Kessler Edwards: illness (OUT) Joe Harris: ankle (QUESTIONABLE) Kyrie Irving: personal (QUESTIONABLE)

Recent Form

The Milwaukee Bucks enter today’s game, having lost two straight games. Even though the Bucks are on a losing streak, they have an above .500 record in their past ten games. Going 6-4. As the road team, the Bucks travel to Brooklyn with a positive plus-minus rating of 2.8 points.
Overall the Bucks are ranked 5th among NBA teams in point differential (5.7). Among NBA teams, they have played the 2nd easiest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Milwaukee Bucks to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they have covered the spread in 45.00% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -1.1.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is SF Giannis Antetokounmpo. So far, Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.94 points per game while also hauling in 11.5 rebounds. In tonight’s game, the team will be without its assist leader and floor general, Jrue Holiday, averaging 6.7 assists per game. In addition, the team will need to find another source of three-point shooting as Grayson Allen is on the Health And Safety Protocol List.

The Brooklyn Nets enter today’s game, having won six of their past ten games. When playing at Barclays Center, the Nets are an above .500 team, having gone 10-9. As they take on the Bucks at home, the Nets have a negative home plus-minus of -0.2 points. Overall, the Nets are ranked 9th among NBA teams in point differential (4.8). So far, the team has played the 6th easiest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Brooklyn Nets to cover the spread has been a losing bet as they have covered the spread in 40.00% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -2.1.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is SF Kevin Durant. So far, Durant is averaging 29.97 points per game. The Nets’ best three-point shooter has been Patty Mills, connecting on 3.25 shots from downtown per game. From the point guard position, James Harden has been in charge of cleaning up the glass, hauling in 8.09 boards per game.

An Eye On Pace

Coming into this game, the Milwaukee Bucks are the 9th ranked team in pace, averaging 99.2 possessions per game. So far, this up-tempo style of play has most impacted their three-point attempts, as they average 39.5 looks from deep per game. On the other side, Brooklyn also prefers to push the pace, ranking 7th at 99.5 possessions per game. However, on the season, the Nets have used their possessions to get extra looks from inside and at the free-throw line.

Key Matchups

Milwaukee heads into this game with the 4th most efficient offense in the NBA, averaging 112.4 points per 100 possessions. However, if they want to keep this efficiency, they will need to rely on their depth as Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen both start and play big minutes for the team. In terms of defensive efficiency, Brooklyn gets set to host Milwaukee with the 7th best unit in the league. So far, the team is giving up 108 points per 100 possessions. Look for the Nets to see a heavy dose of Giannis Antetokounmpo as he will be looking to carry the load with a depleted supporting cast.

The Historicals

Tonight’s game between the Bucks and Nets will already be their second meeting of the season, with Milwaukee taking game one by a score of 107-75.

How the Public is betting the Bucks vs. Nets

60% are betting the Nets against the spread.

55% are wagering on the game to go Under the posted total of 234

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • The Nets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight-up win.
  • The Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on one day’s rest.

Joe’s Pick To Cover The Spread

In a battle between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, the Brooklyn Nets have an excellent opportunity to put another game between themselves and the Bucks. Look for the Nets to take care of business at home vs. a Milwaukee team yet again dealing with players being out due to COVID 19.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

Even though I see the Bucks losing this game, look for a big night for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yet again, the Greek Freak is putting up another MVP-worthy statistical season. Look for Antetokounmpo to do everything he can to will his team to a win. Question: Did you know that you could be risking only -105 odds on games instead of -110? Get your pencil out and add up how much you’d have saved over the past year betting at reduced juice! TONS! Take 5 minutes and make the switch to BetAnySports TODAY! You’ll be so glad you did!