Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA Odds Preview

Posted by Aaron . on February 10, 2016 in

Both the Milwaukee Bucks (21-32) and the Washington Wizards (23-27) will be heading into Thursday night’s showdown with a bit of momentum. The Bucks went into Boston and came out with a 112-111 upset of the Celtics on Tuesday, while the Wizards knocked off the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 111-108, on the same night. Let’s take a closer look at this Eastern Conference matchup, set to tip off at 8:00pm Eastern time, and review the current NBA betting lines for this game.

 

Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA Odds Preview

Date/Time: Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:00 PM ET
Location: Bradley Center
TV Info: Fox Sports 
Live Cast: NBA.com
Radio: Wisconsin AM 620 WTMJ
Odds: Milwaukee -1

Why Should you Bet on the Bucks

The Bucks have been a bit of a schizophrenic squad this season. They are one of only four teams to beat the Golden State Warriors, and they almost did it twice, holding a lead at ORACLE Arena in the teams’ rematch, only to see the Warriors come back. The Bucks had benched center Greg Monroe at the start of the game on Tuesday night mostly because of his tepid play during their recent five-game losing streak. However, he came off the bench to drop 29 on Boston and pull down a dozen rebounds. He had started 336 of the 348 games in which he had appeared before Tuesday, and the benching seemed to make a big impact on the team. The Bucks also left Michael Carter-Williams on the bench to start the game, using O.J. Mayo and Miles Plumlee in the starting five instead. The Bucks actually were up by 19 points at one point, but the Celtics mounted a furious rally to tie the game, but a late foul by Avery Bradley allowed Khris Middleton to make the game-saving free throw with just 0.6 ticks left on the clock. This momentum will serve the Bucks well as they come home to face the Wizards.

Why should you put your money on Washington?

The Wizards have a little more consistency than the Bucks so far this season. They faced a New York Knicks team on Tuesday that was featuring the debut of interim coach Kurt Rambis. John Wall continued to show the same promise that makes the Wizards hint at the possibility of pushing deep into the playoffs, scoring 28 points and dishing out 17 assists. Bradley Beal added 26 more points. Wall had four of his points in the last 6.6 seconds, all from the free-throw line. The fact that the Wizards jumped out to a 16-point lead, worried that the Knicks might come out with more energy under a new coach, highlighted their ability to take charge of a road game. Carmelo Anthony did score 33 points, and Kristaps Porzingis added 20, but the Wizards were able to get the stops when it mattered most.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Wizards are playing a little better than the Bucks right now, but I actually think the Bucks have more upside. I think the Boston win will give the Bucks the momentum they need to knock off the Wizards at home, 105-102.