Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks – NBA April 9

Charlotte Hornets (26-24, 13-15) at Milwaukee Bucks (32-18, 18-7)

  • Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
  • Place: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wi.
  • TV: Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Wisconsin, NBA League Pass

Opening Tip:

Milwaukee returns home for the second game of a home-road back-to-back after losing to the Dallas Mavericks, 116-101, as it was the Bucks’ third straight game without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is 4-3 on the second game of back-to-backs, one fo just seven teams with a winning record.

The Bucks have lost two in a row and five of eight, but four of those are without Antetokounmpo being available due to injury.

Charlotte continues without LaMelo Ball and the often-injured Gordon Hayward. The Hornets are 3-3 over their last six after a three game winning streak place them firmly into the Eastern Conference playoff structure. This is the last game of a six-game road trip as the Hornets are 3-2 on the roadie.

Milwaukee is still the 3-seed in the East Conference while Charlotte is tied with Atlanta and Miami for the 4-seed.

Charlotte defeated Milwaukee, 126-114, on Jan. 30, in Charlotte. The Hornets made 21 three-pointers while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and grabbed 18 boards.

The Bucks have won six of their last eight games over the Hornets and they have won their last six min Milwaukee.

Key Injuries:

  • CharlotteLaMelo Ball – (wrist) – OUT – Gordon Hayward – (foot) – OUT – Malik Monk – (ankle) – OUT
  • MilwaukeeGiannis Antetokounmpo – (left knee) – doubtful – PJ Tucker – (calf) – OUT

Vs. The Spread:

Hornets (28-21-1 ATS)

  • The Hornets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games
  • CLT is also 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. the Bucks
  • The UNDER has been the play in 5 of Charlotte’s last 6 games

Bucks (22-29 ATS)

  • Milwaukee is 2-7 ATS in it’s last 9 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 10 of Milwaukee’s last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 at home

Last Time Out:

Jalen McDaniels scored 21 points to pace seven Hornets in double figures as Charlotte took down Oklahoma City, 113-102, on Wednesday. McDaniels went from spending most of games on the bench to a role player in the middle with the loss of Hayward.

Donte DiVincenzo scored 22 and Bobby Portis had 20 points and 14 rebounds but Milwaukee fell in Dallas, 116-103, on Thursday. Shooters Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday were a combined 12-of-43 from the floor with 27 points as Giannis Antetokounmpo was shelved for the third consecutive game with left knee soreness.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Charlotte Hornets +7½ (-110) +265 O 222½ (-110)
Milwaukee Bucks -7½ (-110) -315 U 222½ (-110)

Advantage, Charlotte:

Charlotte Hornets LogoThe Hornets are a young team with different players stepping up and making a difference in a game as rookie Jalen McDaniels did last night. Terry Rozier continues to be a solid catalyst for Charlotte as he is averaging a career high 20.3 points while shooting 40.5 percent from three with a career high 3.3 made threes per game. Charlotte’s three-point game continues to get better as it is at 37.9 percent (8th/NBA) as Devonte’ Graham (118 3s) joins Rozier (158 3s) as the top-three ball threats with

Key Hornets Stat:

The Hornets’ defense has to continue to improve in order for this team to nail down a solid seed in the playoffs and have a chance to advance. Charlotte had 12 steals last night against OKC which is the third game with 10 or more thefts in the last five outings. They are averaging 9.6 steals and 16.6 deflections in their last five games.

Hornets Fact:

Ball, Hayward and Malik Monk are three of the next four leading scorers behind Rozier, who has continued to flourish in averaging 3.5 points per game in 19 games with clutch situations, per NBA analytics. He has 0.6 triples in those situations, second among players who have played in 70% of those situations.

Advantage, Milwaukee:

Milwaukee Bucks LogoKhris Middleton and Jrue Holiday will likely bounce back after such a tough evening in Dallas Thursday. This will be needed with Giannis likely missing his fourth game in a row. Middleton is Milwaukee’s second leading scorer (20.3 ppg) while making 43.4 precent of his threes. Holiday checks in as the third leading scorer (17.3 ppg) as he and Middleton are the top two Bucks’ playmakers with 5.4 assists per game.

Key Bucks Stat:

Getting help from DiViencenzo was key Thursday as he had a career high six threes as his 22 points was the second highest scoring game in his young career. He has had a break out season as well in averaging 10.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists as he makes 39.1 percent of his threes.

Bucks Fact:

Bobby Portis (11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg), who is playing for his fourth team in as many years, has become a key contributor in the paint as he has made 53.5 percent of his shots in giving Milwaukee another solid option. He has averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds in these last three games with Giannis out of the line up.

Winner: Bucks (-7½) 115, Hornets 106

The Bets
Bucks -7½
UNDER 222½
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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