New Jersey Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks look to continue their dominance over the New Jersey Nets when the two square off tonight. The Bucks are -2 point favorites over the Nets with an over/under point total set at 195.
Coming into Saturday’s showdown against Chicago, things were looking pretty grim for a Nets squad who were riding a season high eight straight losses. However, after surprising one of the league’s best on their home floor with a 97-85 victory, added to the fact that center Brook Lopez will be back in the starting lineup after sitting out the first two months of the season, things up suddenly looking up for New Jersey.
The Bucks on the other hand continue to struggle as they dropped their fourth straight contest with a 94-85 defeat in Orlando on Friday night to fall to 12-18 overall. Brandon Jennings hasn’t helped things for Milwaukee as he is averaging just 12.1 points per game, which is six less than his season average, over his last eight games, in which the Bucks have won just two.
Head to head, the Bucks are 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey, while the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Nets are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks on the other hand are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5 and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Having won four straight in New Jersey by an average of 23.5 points, the Bucks have to fancy their chances tonight. I know the Nets are coming off a good win in Chicago and Lopez will make his return tonight, but I still like Milwaukee here. Let’s not forget that New Jersey is just about the worst home team in the entire league, plus Lopez will be rusty in his first couple of outings coming off a serious injury. Take the Bucks minus the two.
Milwaukee Bucks -2 New Jersey Nets