Clippers vs Bucks NBA Lines, Game Preview & Pick

Clippers vs Bucks NBA Lines, Game Preview & Pick

Written by on March 28, 2019

Giannis ‘The Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will look to avoid the upset and extend their modest winning streak when they host Danilo Galinari and the incendiary Los Angeles Clippers at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night. With both teams looking to hit the playoffs with some positive momentum, let’s find out which championship hopeful is offering the best value against their NBA betting odds in this suddenly intriguing affair.

Clippers vs Bucks NBA Lines, Game Preview & Pick

Why Bet On The Clippers at +8.5?

The LA Clippers are on fire, having won six straight and 11 of their last 12 games including an impressive 122-111 road win over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Danilo Gallinari scored a team-high 25 points while adding 10 rebounds and Lou Williams added 20 points and seven assists off the bench in the win. Now, sitting in fifth place, the Clippers have a lot to play for as they try to  nail down a berth in the top four to secure homecourt advantage for the first round. The Clippers are back in the postseason after missing the playoffs a year ago and being picked to miss this year’s postseason as well.

“I’m just really happy for our guys,” coach Doc Rivers told reporters after Tuesday’s win.”Before the year, we went through all the articles about us and how bad we were going to be. I just told them, they don’t know us.”

“It’s so hard to make the playoffs in the West,” point guard Patrick Beverley told reporters. “To be in the category with some of the teams that we’re in the category with, it’s truly a blessing.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 114.83
  • Field Goals: 46.96%
  • Three Points: 38.57%
  • Free Throws: 79.51%
  • Rebounds: 45.57
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 113.53
  • Field Goals: 45.53%
  • Three Points: 34.08%
  • Free Throws: 77.17%
  • Rebounds: 45.71

Why Bet On Milwaukee at -8.5?

Are the Bucks a safe bet in the NBA odds on Thursday?

The Milwaukee Bucks are also playing well right now, having won three straight and seven of 10 including a statement-making 108-94 home win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday as veteran point guard Eric Bledsoe led the way to victory with 23 points and seven assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 points with 14 rebounds in the win. Defensively, the Bucks held James Harden to a modest 23 points.

“To do what he did on both ends of the court, that’s pretty special,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “I think he loves that challenge. I think he’s an incredible defender.” Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds for his 52nd double-double of the season.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 117.40
  • Field Goals: 47.63%
  • Three Points: 35.35%
  • Free Throws: 77.07%
  • Rebounds: 49.52
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 107.93
  • Field Goals: 43.13%
  • Three Points: 35.43%
  • Free Throws: 73.51%
  • Rebounds: 44.91

Clippers vs Bucks NBA Betting Trends

  • LA Clippers are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 games
  • LA Clippers are 5-0 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went OVER in 5 of LA Clippers’s last 6 games
  • Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Milwaukee is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Clippers vs Bucks

The betting public is split evenly on this one with 50 percent of NBA bettors backing both teams in this intriguing matchup. For me, I like L.A. to cover the chalk seeing as how the Clippers have gone a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.

I know Milwaukee has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, but the Bucks are also just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against teams from the Pacific division while the underdog in this rivalry has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. Add it all up and it looks like an ATS cover for the Clippers, if not the outright win.

NBA Betting Pick: Milwaukee 114 LA Clippers 110

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