The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball on Friday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout February 12. One of these games will be between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz. These two teams have had strong starts to the new season, which should lead to a great game on Friday night. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Bucks have earned a record of 16-9 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in second place of the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a five game winning streak. The Bucks will look to bounce back with a victory on Friday night. If Milwaukee can come out fast, they should be able to grab the win.
Utah has opened up the new campaign with a record of 20-5, which has them in the top spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz have won five in a row entering this one, which they will look to keep going. Utah is only one game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the West and will look to pad that lead with a win in this one.
These two teams are competing towards the top of their respective conferences. The Bucks are looking to leapfrog the Philadelphia 76ers, who are a game and a half above them. The Jazz are looking to maintain the top spot in the West, which should lead to an exciting one. If either team can control the pace early, they should be able to grab a win in this one.
The Bucks and the Jazz met up twice throughout last season. Utah hosted the first game on November 8. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Khris Middleton added 26 points and 11 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points on the night and Mike Conley finished with 20 points for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points to help lead Utah to a 103-100 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Milwaukee on November 25. Bojan Bogdanovic dropped 24 points, while Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points. The Jazz’s bench scored 51 points, but it was not enough. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 50 points and 14 rebounds. Wesley Matthews added 19 points to help give the Bucks a 122-118 win.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 8 in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 35 points, while Khris Middleton scored 31 points and 10 rebounds. The Bucks came up short in this one though. Donovan Mitchell dropped 32 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 26 off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 20 points as well to help give the Jazz a 131-118 win.
These two teams split the season series throughout last season, but it was Utah who was able to earn a win to open up this season’s series. These two teams have been strong playoff teams over the last few seasons. I expect the Bucks to come out quickly in this one as they try to bounce back from the loss at home. These two teams have combined for a lot of scoring, which should be a great game.
Field Goal Shooting
Milwaukee has jumped out to a strong start from the field this season. The Bucks have been able to make around 49.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the league. Milwaukee is also shooting 40.2 percent from behind the arc, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Bucks have been able to sink 73.3 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 27th in the league.
The Jazz have been solid shooting the ball as well this season. Utah is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, which is 14th in the NBA. The Jazz have drained around 40.2 percent of their shots from deep, which is 3rd in the league. Utah is also shooting 76.6 percent from the charity stripe, which is 17th in the NBA this season.
The Bucks have the slight edge shooting the ball this season, while Utah has a slightly better defense. The Jazz have held their opponents to a 43.9 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 3rd in the league. Milwaukee is holding opposing teams to a 45.2 shooting percentage from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. If either defense can step up in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has continued his dominance this season. Antetokounmpo is averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds per game. Khris Middleton has averaged 20.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.5 points per game. Bobby Portis has averaged 11 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while Brook Lopez is averaging 10.5 points.
Donovan Mitchell has been the leader for this Utah team this season. Mitchell has averaged 24 points and 5 assists per game. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.5 points per game off the bench. Mike Conley has averaged 16.5 points per game, while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16 points per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 13.5 points and 13.5 rebounds. Joe Ingles is averaging 10.5 points per game to round out this lineup.
These two teams have been led by their stars early in this season. The Jazz could be without Mike Conley in this one, which would hurt them. Mitchell has picked up right where he left off last season though and has helped lead this Jazz team. He will likely go toe to toe with Antetokounmpo making this must watch TV. If either team’s depth can step up though, it could help propel them to the win.
The Bucks and the Jazz have both had great starts to the season, which should lead to a great game on Friday night. Milwaukee is coming off a loss in their last game and will look to turn it around in this one. Utah has been really hot as of late and they will look to knock off the Bucks. I think Milwaukee’s offense can keep up this strong play in this one.
BetOnline has the Jazz listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This implies that Utah has a slight edge in this one. I think that this line should be closer to even with how these two teams are competing. The Jazz could be without Mike Conley as well, which will hurt them. If Khris Middleton can step up with Antetokounmpo in this one, I like Milwaukee as underdogs.