The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to the Paycom Center on Wednesday night to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that being said, now is a good moment to look at our NBA odds series, which is presented below and includes a Bucks-Thunder prediction and pick.
Milwaukee started the season 9-1, but their winning streak was snapped on Monday when they lost to Atlanta. The team has made the playoffs each of the previous four seasons under head coach Mike Budenholzer, who is in his fifth season in charge. In 2020–2021, Milwaukee won the NBA Championship.
With three straight losses following a four-game winning streak, Oklahoma City has slumped to a 4-6 record. With a 50-114 record in three seasons as the Thunder’s coach, Mark Daigneault has had difficulty. Chet Holmgren’s season-ending foot injury set back the reconstruction effort.
Thanks to FanDuel, here are the Bucks-Thunder NBA odds.
NBA Odds: Bucks-Thunder Odds
-6 Milwaukee Bucks (-112)
+1 for Oklahoma City Thunder (-108)
Over: 218 (-110) (-110)
Under: 218 (-110)
Why The Bucks Could Cover The Spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is probably the best player in the NBA. With 31.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game with a field goal percentage of 54.2, Antetokounmpo is the team’s leader. As the team’s outstanding point guard, Jrue Holiday ranks first with 7.9 assists per game and second with 19.6 points per game. In addition, Bobby Portis averages 13.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, for a double-double.
Another dependable option on the glass is Brook Lopez, who averages 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Lopez also leads the group in blocks per game with 2.5. The best three-point shooter has been Grayson Allen, who has a 41.2 percent success rate. Allen averages 10.1 points per contest. With 1.7 steals per game, Jevon Carter leads the squad in defensive excellence.
Milwaukee is second in the league with 6.8 blocks per game and first with 50.7 rebounds per game. Milwaukee is eighteenth in the league with 111.4 points scored per game. With the lowest league average of 102.7 points allowed per game, Milwaukee’s defense has been outstanding.
Why The Thunder Could Cover The Spread
The rebuild has regressed somewhat without Chet Holmgren. The team’s top scorer, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, averages 30.8 points per game and is the only Thunder player to average more than 20 points per game. 5.8 assists per game are a team-high for Gilgeous-Alexander.
With 5.6 rebounds per game and 12.9 points per game, Josh Giddey is the team’s second-leading scorer. Lu Dort is third on the team in scoring with 12.7 points scored per game. With an average of 10.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, Tre Mann is the fourth and final Thunder player to score double ten points. Darius Bazley, who started all ten games off the bench, is second with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City is strong on the glass, ranking fifth in blocks per game with 6.1 and twelfth with 44.9 rebounds per game. The Thunder are 23rd in the league in scoring with 109.7 points scored per game.
Oklahoma City’s defense has been strong; it leads the league in steals per game (9.1) and turnovers caused per game (18.2). Oklahoma City is twelfth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 111.8 points per game to their opponents.
Final Bucks-Thunder Prediction & Pick
Oklahoma City is terrible, while Milwaukee is fantastic. Milwaukee’s losing skid has ended.
The final pick for the Bucks-Thunder game: Milwaukee -6 (-112), over 218. (-110)