The Eastern Conference has turned into a very tight race this year, and that is good news for the teams that are currently on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. There are really only a couple of teams that can be considered truly out of it right now. The Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks are both hanging around, but need to start making a move soon.
Betting on Washington Wizards Vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA Odds
Neither one of these two teams is really doing enough to get into the playoff picture at the moment, but they will both feel that a win in this one might catapult them to better things. Tough to say who might be the favorite in this one in the eyes of the bookies, which means you are going to have to check back in on game day to see which way the online betting odds fall.
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Why bet on the Washington Wizards
The Wizards (23-27) will bring a 3-game road trip to a close in Milwaukee on Thursday night, and they know that a win would make that short haul a winning one. The Wizards are just 2.5 games back of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but they need to take advantage of the teams below them if they want to start closing the gap. They have been able to do that so far this season, and have gone a respectable 12-5 versus teams with a losing record. Recent wins against the 76ers and Knicks highlight just how well they have been able to keep the teams below them at bay. The Wizards are averaging 102.9 PPG, and are giving up 105.5 PPG.
Why bet on the Milwaukee Bucks
While I have said that the Bucks (21-32) are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, it does have to be said that they are holding onto that by the skin of their teeth, as they currently sit 6 games back of the Pistons. One of their biggest issues has been their inability to take advantage of the not so good teams in the league this season. The Bucks are just 11-12 versus teams with a losing record, which simply isn’t good enough at this stage of the season. The one edge that they do have is how they play at home, where they are currently 14-8. That might be enough to see them take out the Wizards in this crucial battle. The Bucks are averaging 98.1 PPG, and are giving up 103.1 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There can be no denying that this game is huge for both teams. The Wizards are 3 for 3 in previous meetings with the Bucks this season, and I think they will do just enough to make it 4 in a row.