Bucks (38-23, 18-13 road) at Rockets (15-47, 7-24 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
- TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin | Bally Sports Southwest | NBA League Pass
The Bucks are sitting with a solid 3-seed in the Eastern Conference as of now and should have all hands on deck vs. a mix-and-match Rockets squad that is playing out the string.
Milwaukee has an interesting schedule from now until the end of the season as the Bucks end their last leg of their final multi-game road trip of the season. It’s also their first of four back-to-backs that are scheduled over the final two weeks.
Milwaukee has won three of its last four after defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 114-104, on Tuesday evening.
The Rockets have lost five in a row and 10 out of their last 11 games. All of their last 10 games feature matchups with playoff-bound opponents.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), Donte DiVincenzo (Achilles) – Probable
- Houston Rockets – D.J. Augustin (ankle, Dante Exum (calf), Eric Gordon (groin), David Nwaba (wrist), John Wall (hamstring) – OUT; Sterling Brown (knee) – Day to Day
Bucks (28-33, ATS):
- Milwaukee is 6-3 ATS in it’s last 9 games
- The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Houston
- The total has gone UDNER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 6 road games
Rockets (21-41, ATS):
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 out of Houston’s last 5 games
- The total has also been UNDER in the last 5 Bucks-Rockets games
- Houston is 4-16 ATS in it’s last 20 games vs. the Bucks
Last Time Out
Giannis Antetokonumpo had 29 points, 12 boards, and eight assists, and Brook Lopez scored 22 as the Bucks beat the Hornets, 114-104, to avert a seasons weep by Charlotte. Milwaukee leads 62-45 at halftime only to have the Hornets cut it to 103-99 late in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee held Hornets scoring dynamo Terry Rozier to eight points and he went 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
The Minnesota Timberwolves won for the first time in Houston since 2012 as they snapped a 14-game losing streak in Toyota Center. Kelly Olynyk had 28 points for the Rockets and Christian Wood netted 24 with 18 rebounds.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Bucks||-13.5 (-110)||-900||O 234 (-110)|
|Rockets||+13.5 (-110)||+650||U 234 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Continuing to work on chemistry and confidence with the postseason around the corner is a key for the Bucks as coach Mike Budenholzer doesn’t show any signs of resting anyone as of the morning in what is a clear mismatch. The Bucks are bringing potentially the top offense in the NBA into Houston as they average a league best 119 points per game while making 48.6 percent of their shots (4th/NBA) and 39.2 percent of their triples (2nd/NBA). Houston’s defense has been predictably bad all season as opponents shoot 37.8 percent from distance (26th/NBA).
Key Bucks Stat:
The Bucks have shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the last four games and have made 55 threes in that time as 38 of those came in the back-to-back win over Philadelphia. Giannis has made 39 of his 63 shots (61.9%) while averaging 14 rebounds and 6.3 assists in that time. Khris Middleton has been solid as well as he has averaged 18.8 points over his last five games in shooting 46.7 percent from the field.
The consistency of those numbers will allow the Bucks to be able to battle the 76ers and Nets for the Eastern Conference championship come playoff time.
Jrue Holiday on the point has helped the Bucks fashion an identity on the defensive end of the floor. He leads the NBA with 1.8 steals per game. Holiday has upped his offensive game as well as he missed 10 days near the end of February due to covid. He has averaged 20 points.
The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft? Then, we can talk about Advantage, Houston. The turnover in the Rockets’ franchise has been insurmountable as the team has bottomed out in the Western Conference. Finding Christian Wood has been a silver lining in what has otherwise been a tumultuous season as he has been a consistent scorer in netting 18 or more points in 31 of 38 games this season. He has averaged 20.5 points and 14 rebounds over his last four games and has rebounding outputs of 19 and 18 in his last two.
Key Rockets Stat:
Jae’Sean Tate has been playing consistently well in his rookie campaign as he has averaged 11.2 points, eighth among rookies, and 5.3 rebounds, fourth among rookies. He has started 50 of the last 53 games and played in every game this season.
Houston has outshot it’s opponents it’s opponents in 12 of it’s last 23 games – albeit a 4-19 record in that clip – after the opponents outshot the Rockets in 17 consecutive games prior to this. Houston is 0-34 this season when it fails to outshoot the opposition.
Winner: Bucks (-13.5) 121, Rockets 103