Bucks (24-14, 15-5) at Wizards (14-23, 7-12)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
- TV: NBC Sports Washington | Fox Sports Wisconsin
The Bucks have won eight of their last nine games as they defeated the Wizards, 125-119, on Saturday night. Milwaukee is now a season-high 10 games over .500 and are a solid third in the East and only 1.5 games behind Brooklyn for second place and 2.5 behind the 76ers for the lead in the East.
The Wizards continue to struggle as they are four games out of eight in the Eastern Conference. Washington has lost three in a row and five out of six.
- Milwaukee Bucks – None
- Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal and Davis Bertrans are game times decisions with a knee and hamstring, respectively. Ish Smith and Thomas Bryant are out with a knee and hamstring, respectively.
- Milwaukee is 2-4 ATS in it’s last 6 games
- The Bucks are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Wizards
- Milwaukee is 6-0 SU in it’s last 8 vs. the Wizards
- Washington is 10-4 ATS in it’s last 14 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
- The total has gone over in the last 6 Wizards’ games
Last Time Out
Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his sixth triple-double of these season as the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Washington Wizards, 125-119, in the first game of a back-to-back on Saturday evening. The Bucks’ all-star had 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists while Jrue Holiday tallied 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook, kind of hid in Washington now, had 42 points as he scored 15 of the last 18 points for the Wizards. His 10 rebounds and 12 assists gave him his 11th triple-double of the season.
The game was tied at 119-119 with 41 seconds remaining before Khris Middleton made a pair of free throws to give the Bucks the lead for good.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Bucks||-8.5 (-109)||-360||O 242.5 (-110)|
|Wizards||+8.5 (-111)||+290||U 242.5 (-110)|
The Bucks are playing their best basketball consistently now and the see the floundering Wizards on the second game of a back-to-back which is always a chore for the winner of the first game when it is on the road. The Bucks’ offense continues to be relentless as it leads the NBA in field goals made per game at 44.3 makes per game. Aside from the greatness of Giannis Antetokounmpo is the stellar play on the point of Jrue Holiday who has 139 assists vs. only 46 turnovers in his 25 games as he has battled through injuries.
Khris Middleton continues to be his usual underrated self as he is second in scoring at 22 points per game and he makes 42.4 percent of his threes. Washington gives up 43.1 made field goals per game (28th/NBA) while opponents convert clip (25th/NBA).
Key Bucks Stat
The Bucks defense looks like it’s starting to get better as the last five opponents has combined to shoot 45.6 percent. The thing that makes the percentage heavy is that Denver shot 55.8 percent from the floor in the Bucks lone loss in those five. The Bucks have also allowed only 11.6 three in the last five games.
Donte DiVincenzo has been playing at a high level as his minutes are in the mid to high 20s and while maybe his scoring numbers do not show this, his defense has been solid while he has averaged 9.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last three games.
The impact of Russell Westbrook (21.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg., 9.8 apg.) cannot be underrated as is prowess and mantra to be able to take control of a game is still an issue when you matchup with the struggling Wizards. Westbrook gives the Wizards offense efficiency although this team still struggled shooting the three on a nightly basis. Bradley Beal should be back from injury as these two players, with their pedigrees, can put pressure on a Milwaukee defense that has had it struggles, but seems to be getting better.
Key Wizards Stat:
As Beal averages 32.1 points per game, he is potentially having the best season of his career as his relentlessness of his game hasn’t let up. You have to remember the drop out of this team though from Beal and Westbrook to this rest of the roster. It’s not pretty on many nights which is why Washington is tending toward the lottery.
Watch Rui Hacimura (12.9 ppg, 5.5) rpg as he is taking over as maybe the third man and he once again had a big game on Saturday with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Getting him shots is a key as he had 18 on Saturday and you have to go back to Jan. 9 when he had that many shots in a single game. He only averages 10.0 shots per game.
Winner: Bucks 122, Wizards (+8.5) 116