On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks square off in a battle between Eastern Conference heavyweights. Brooklyn has a record of 40-36 overall and 28-19 against the East this year. Milwaukee has won 29-18 conference games, has a 21-16 road record and has an overall record of 47-28. Brooklyn is without Joe Harris (ankle) and Ben Simmons (back), while Milwaukee is likely to be without Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee). Brooklyn is the two-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook, and game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. According to the latest Nets vs bucks odds, Vegas predicts 243.5 points will be scored. Be sure to read SportsLine’s NBA predictions and betting advice before making any NBA predictions with the Bucks vs. Nets match-up.
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Currently, the model is focusing on Bucks vs. Nets, and just set in its NBA predictions. Visit SportsLine to check out the model’s picks. The following are some NBA odds and betting lines for Nets vs Bucks:
· Nets vs Bucks spread: Nets -2
· Nets vs Bucks over-under: 243.5 points
· Nets vs Bucks money line: Nets -130, Bucks +110
· MIL: In conference games, the Bucks have a 22-25 record against the spread
· BKN: The Nets are 20-25-2 against the spread during conference play
How the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee is above-average both on offense and defense, and both sides possess notable strengths. The Bucks are one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 1.14 points per possession. Besides ranking among the top six in three-point percentage (36.8%) and free throw attempts (22.8%), Milwaukee also has a top-10 turnover rate (13.3%) and fast break percentage (13.3%). A team with a lower percentage of defensive rebounds than the Nets ranks in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive efficiency.
Milwaukee’s defense yields 110.5 points per 100 possessions, which is great compared to the Nets’ 110.5 points per 100 possessions. At 74.5 percent, the Bucks have the No. 2 defensive rebounding rate in the NBA, with top-four marks in fast break points allowed (11.0 per game) and points allowed in the paint (43.5 per game). The Bucks are allowing just under 20 free throw attempts per game, and opponents are shooting only 45.3% against Milwaukee.
The Nets’ ability to cover
Brooklyn has a dynamic offense, which scores 113.0 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks are the only team in the NBA that allows more 3-pointers per game (14.3) than the Nets, who hit 35.7 percent of their attempts. Milwaukee ranks in the bottom tier of the league in turnover creation and blocked shots, while Brooklyn ranks in the top six in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. The Nets generate 13.6 fast-break points per game, produce 25.2 assists per game, and secure 28.0% of offensive rebounds.
Brooklyn defends opponents to a top-10 rate of 45.3 percent shooting, including 34.7 percent shooting from 3-point range. Additionally, Brooklyn ranks among the top five teams in the NBA in blocked shots with 5.4 attempts per contest.
How to pick the Nets vs Bucks
According to SportsLine, the team total is projected to be 241 points combined. Moreover, the model shows that one side of the spread is hit in well over half of all simulations. You can only see the pick of the model at SportsLine.