NBA Bucks vs Grizzlies Betting Preview
Two teams that have way different circumstances surrounding this contest will be meeting in the Orlando bubble on Thursday night. The Milwaukee Bucks, who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, will be facing the Memphis Grizzlies, who are in a dogfight for the 8th spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Let’s find out how these teams arrive to this Bucks vs Grizzlies matchup so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting Analysis for Bucks vs Grizzlies
Grizzlies Interesting Bubble
Memphis, who had a comfortable lead for the 8th spot heading into the bubble, has had a total meltdown since coming to Orlando. They have gone 1-6 since entering the bubble, losing one of their top players, Jaren Jackson Jr., along the way. The Grizzlies enter this contest in a three-way tie for the ninth spot with the red-hot Phoenix Suns, and the San Antonio Spurs.
Memphis has numerous scenarios to continue their season. They can clinch the 8th spot in the playoffs with a victory over the Bucks, and a Portland loss. They could earn a spot in the play-in series with a win, or losses by the Spurs and the Suns. This truly is a must-win situation for the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Bucks are on the other end of the spectrum. Milwaukee has already clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and are looking to avoid any injury heading into the Eastern Conference playoffs. Even though the Bucks starters played sparingly on Monday night, they still dominated the Washington Wizards. Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Monday night’s game, and will be suspended for Thursday night’s game.
Bucks High Flying
Milwaukee is the top scoring team in the NBA, averaging just over 118 points per game. Not having Antetokunmpo, and not knowing how Coach Mike Budenholzer will handle playing time in this contest will affect how the Bucks play. Milwaukee hasn’t looked overly sharp since entering the bubble. The Bucks have lost 7 of their last 10, and haven’t looked like they’re ready to make a deep playoff run. Budenholzer will have to decide whether or not they’re going to rest Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez, and company, or will they play to gain some momentum heading into the Eastern Conference playoffs?
Memphis will rely heavily on probable Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant to carry the load. Morant leads Memphis, averaging just under 18 points and 7 assists per game. Without Jackson, Morant will be relying on Dillon Brooks, Jonas Valanciunas, and Brandon Clarke to help them in their must-win game.
Big Bubble Battle
This game is huge for Memphis. A win guarantees them either the 8th or 9th spot in the Western Conference playoffs. A loss could doom their season, and send them home from the bubble much earlier than anticipated. Memphis could be fortunate enough to be playing Milwaukee at just the right time. Without Giannis Antetokounmpo, and with the Bucks not having anything to gain from this win, the Bucks could just play their subs and hope for the best. If Milwaukee does that, Memphis should be thankful. Either way, this is a must-win for the Grizzlies, and they will need to play their best to guarantee a spot in the playoffs.