The Milwaukee Bucks will look to avoid the big upset when they hit the road to take on the lowly Orlando Magic on Sunday. The Bucks have struggled recently and hit the weekend riding a two-game skid heading into their Friday night home date against Charlotte.
Orlando has its own problems as they went into its Friday night home matchup against Indiana looking to snap a three-game skid. The NBA odds for this matchup go live following Saturday’s seven-game slate of action.
NBA Betting Predictions – Milwaukee Looks to Avoid Upset Against Rebuilding Orlando
Milwaukee Bucks (32-19) Vs Orlando Magic (17-34) Match Info
- When: Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
- TV: NBALP, Bally Sports Florida Bally Sports WI
- Radio: WYGM 96.9FM / 740AM620 AM/103.3 FM WTMJ
Bucks Looking to Keep Pace Atop Eastern Conference Standings
Milwaukee is looking to keep pace with Brooklyn and Philadelphia at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Bucks are 3.5 games behind the first place Nets but just a half-game behind Philadelphia. Milwaukee is a modest 5-5 over its last 10 games. The Bucks were looking to snap a two-game losing streak heading into Friday night. Milwaukee got smacked around in its 116-101 road loss against Dallas on Thursday night.
Donte DiVincenzo scored 22 points and Bobby Portis had 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but Milwaukee fell to 1-2 without reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat with left knee soreness. Khris Middleton (14 points) and Jrue Holiday (13 points), both struggled in the loss.
“There’s a little bit more of a load on both Jrue and Khris,” Budenholzer said. “I think they’re learning to take that. Playing without Giannis, he can’t play 48 minutes. I think there’s going to be good stretches for us in learning from these experiences playing without him.”
Magic Playing With Eye Towards the Future
Orlando was 3-7 over its last 10 games heading into Friday night. The Magic had dropped three straight including an embarrassing 131-116 home loss against Washington on Wednesday night. Davis Bertans scored a team-high 22 points and made six three-pointers for Washington. Terrence Ross scored 24 points and reserve center Mo Bamba had a career-high 19 points for Orlando, which has lost 16 of its last 20 games overall. The Magic had won their previous seven meetings with the Wizards.
“I’m not making a joke — they didn’t miss any (shots),” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “With our defense, they were so open and they shot 57%
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Orlando has gone 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. On the flip side of the coin, the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. Milwaukee gets the big road win and ATS cover despite Orlando’s impressive ATS numbers.
Pick: Milwaukee 125 Orlando 106