8 p.m. ET – Phoenix at Milwaukee (-2.5) O/U: 234
The 40-16 Suns travel to the Fiserv Forum on Monday night to take on the 35-21 Bucks in a battle of two of the best the NBA has to offer. Phoenix was uninspiring its last time out, losing 111-85 on Saturday to the Spurs at home in a game the Suns were favored to win by 12 points. The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for Phoenix. Milwaukee’s outing on Saturday was not much better, as the Bucks fell to the Grizzlies at home 128-115 as eight-point favorites. These two teams met earlier this season in Phoenix on Feb. 10, where the Suns rallied late to win 125-124.
All-Star guard Devin Booker is one of the most prolific scoring in the NBA and leads the Suns with 25.5 points per game this season. Booker came up big in the first matchup, with 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field. Booker had a concerning night on Saturday, scoring only 15 points and going 0-for-1 from three-point range in the team’s loss.
Despite their 6-for-27 shooting night from beyond the arc against San Antonio, the Suns rank ninth in the league in three-point field-goal percentage, making 38.3 percent of their long range attempts. It is a good matchup offensively for Phoenix given the fact that Milwaukee’s opponents have hit 39.4 percent of their three-point attempts this season, making them the fifth-worst team at defending the thre- point line. It played a massive factor in the first game with the Suns shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc, and it is likely to be a factor again on Monday night.
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, leads the way for the Bucks as he is averaging 28.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. Antetokounmpo had a season-high 47 points in the first matchup against the Suns, making 15-of-23 shots from the field to go along with sinking 17 of his 21 free throw attempts.
Guard Jrue Holiday did not play in the first matchup, but should make a big difference in the rematch. Guard Divincenzo is questionable and his replacement, guard Bryn Forbes, has been exposed on the defensive end. The Bucks should have no issues scoring with Phoenix as they thrive at driving to the basket and the Suns had no answer in the first matchup, which led to a massive game for Giannis. The Bucks also boast the fourth-best three-point shooting percentage in the league, making 39.4 percent of their shots from beyond the arc, so drive-and-kick opportunities should be there all night.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Phoenix Suns||+2½ (-110)||+120||O 234 (-110)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-2½ (-110)||-140||U 234 (-110)|
The first matchup between these two teams combined for 149 points and both teams were playing better defense back in February. These two offenses exploit the biggest weaknesses each defense has and we should see that on display again on Monday.
Both these teams need a win to keep up in the playoff picture, which should lead to a high-scoring game with both teams at their best on the offensive end.