NBA Betting Lines & Expert Pick: Milwaukee at Washington.

NBA Betting Lines & Expert Pick: Milwaukee at Washington

Written by on January 15, 2018

The Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards meet in an MLK Day Eastern Conference clash on Monday at the Capital One Arena in the nation’s Capital. Now, based on the NBA odds, let’s find out where the NBA betting value is for this clash of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls!

Bucks vs. Wizards NBA Betting Lines & Expert Pick

  • When: Monday, January 15, 2018, 2:00 PM ET
  • Where: Capitol One Arena
  • TV: FSWI, CNSW
  • Radio: 1420 AM (Milwaukee) / 106.7 FM (Washington)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Lines: Washington Wizards -5.5 (Over/Under at 213.5 )

Team Records

  • All: Milwaukee Bucks 22-20 / Washington Wizards 25-18
  • Home: Milwaukee Bucks 14-8 / Washington Wizards 15-8
  • Away: Milwaukee Bucks 8-12 / Washington Wizards 10-10
  • As Favorite: Milwaukee Bucks 16-8 / Washington Wizards 16-13
  • As Underdog: Milwaukee Bucks 6-12 / Washington Wizards 9-5
  • ATS: Milwaukee Bucks 18-21-3 / Washington Wizards 19-24
  • Over/Under: Milwaukee Bucks 25-16-1 / Washington Wizards 17-25-1

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Washington Wizards lead 7-3
  • Score: Milwaukee Bucks 102.80 / Washington Wizards 105.30
  • Field Goal Percentage: Milwaukee Bucks 47.73 / Washington Wizards 48.42
  • Rebounds: Milwaukee Bucks 38.60 / Washington Wizards 40.20
  • 3 Point Shots: Milwaukee Bucks 96-253 / Washington Wizards 70-205
  • Steals: Milwaukee Bucks 8.00 / Washington Wizards 8.60

Why Consider Betting on Milwaukee at +5.5?

Why consider betting on the Bucks in this contest? Because they’re completely desperate! Milwaukee has lost two straight and three of their last four games while getting held to less than 100 points in each loss. The Bucks are averaging 105. points (16th) on 48.1 percent shooting (4th) but allowing an overly generous 106.1 points per game (16th) on 47.2 percent shooting (25th).Hybrid superstar Giannis ‘The Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 19.9 points per game and 4.3 assists. Veteran point guard Eric Bledsoe is putting up 17.8 points per game and second-year shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon is contributing 13.3 points per game.The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting just 34.6 percent from beyond the arc to rank an uninspiring 28th while allowing the opposition to make 38.2 percent from downtown (29th).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 105.5
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.14
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.66
  • Free Throw Percentage: 77.21
  • Total Rebounds: 38.52
Defense
  • Total Score: 106.14
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.24
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.22
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.94
  • Total Rebounds: 41.71

Why Consider Betting on Washington at -5.5?

Why consider betting on Washington in this contest? The Wizards are playing good basketball right now, having won two straight and six of their last eight games overall including a 119-113 overtime win over Brooklyn on Saturday. Washington Wizards is averaging a stellar 107.1 points per game (10th) on 46.6 percent shooting (9th) while limiting the opposition to just 104.7 points per contest (11th) on 45.3 percent shooting (10th).Playing at home, the Wizards come in as the NBA Betting Lines favorite.Bradley Beal is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game while backcourt mate John Wall is averaging 19.7 points and 9.3 assists per game. Three other players, (Otto Porter Jr., Kelly Oubre, and Markieff Morris) are all averaging double figures in scoring. The Wizards are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc (10th) and lead the NBA in three-point defense by holding the opposition to just 33.4 percent from downtown (1st).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 107.12
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.61
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.94
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.38
  • Total Rebounds: 43.28
Defense
  • Total Score: 104.65
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.36
  • Three-Point Percentage: 33.36
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.31
  • Total Rebounds: 43.67

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Milwaukee’s last 22 games
  • Washington is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games

Expert Analysis and Pick

The Wizards have won seven of their last nine home games and are playing their best basketball of the season after a really slow start. I’ve said it several times this season, but Milwaukee is letting Giannis Antetokounmpo do too much this season and I fully believe they would be better served if they shared the ball a bit more – and stepped up their lackluster defense.The Bucks are just 4-11-3 ATS in their last 18 games against their Eastern Conference rivals an 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home dates against Milwaukee. With the way Milwaukee is playing at both ends of the court, the Wiz are the easy pick to win and cash in NBA roundball bettors!Pick: Washington Wizards -5
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