It’s a potential first-round Eastern Conference playoff preview from Milwaukee on Wednesday as the East top-seeded Bucks host the Wizards, who aren’t a playoff team at the moment but not far out of eighth in the East. The Bucks are big NBA betting favorites at Mybookie Sportsbook.
How to Bet Wizards vs Bucks NBA Odds & Game Info
Wizards announce John Wall slipped & fell at home, rupturing his Achilles (same injury as former Kentucky teammate Boogie Cousins). Will need surgery and will be out another 12 months. Wizards also say Wall had developed an infection from another, initial surgery last month.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) 5 de febrero de 2019
- When: Wednesday, 8 PM ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NBA Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5 (Total 230)
This concludes the series with the teams splitting two games in D.C. They last met on Feb. 2 and the Bucks won 131-115. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points, making all of his season-high 17 free throws, and had 10 rebounds. Brook Lopez added 21 points, and Khris Middleton had 20 for Milwaukee.
Starting point guard Eric Bledsoe sat out to rest a sore left Achilles. The Bucks were 24 of 24 from the free-throw line. Bradley Beal scored 24 points for Washington and Jeff Green had 20.
Why Bet on Washington?
It won’t affect this season, but the Washington Wizards got horrible news on Tuesday as All-Star point guard John Wall might miss all of next year, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home. Wall’s 2018-19 season ended on Jan. 8 when he had surgery to clean up some bone spurs and a chronic Achilles injury in his left heel. The news might change the way the club approaches Thursday’s trade deadline. Wall’s four-year contract extension, which will pay him an average of $42 million a season, kicks in next season.
Washington lost its second in a row Monday, 137-129 to Atlanta. Nine players reached double figures for the Hawks, who outrebounded Washington 51-39 and finished 20 of 41 from behind the arc. Washington started 0 for 10 from 3-point range before Tomas Satoransky made one with 9:18 left in the first half. They finished 12 of 38.
Jordan McRae dropped a season-high 20 points vs. the Hawks, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks, and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. The Wizards are in need of a spark off the bench, and McRae has been exactly that with 14.0 points in 18.4 minutes over his last four games. “He’s earned some opportunities to be looked at more,” coach Scott Brooks said last week. “One thing he can do is score. He just has to continue to work on the defensive end.”
Trevor Ariza put up 25 points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block in 43 minutes. It was Ariza’s his 8th game of 20+ points since joining the Wizards compared to just one such game with the Suns. Jeff Green had another monster night vs. the Hawks, scoring 26 points with five rebounds, five assists, and one block.
Washington currently averages 113.1 points per game, the most points per game average since the 1978-79 season (114.9). The Wizards have scored 65 points in a half 15 times this season (first half: eight/ second half: seven). Last season, the Wizards totaled 12 games of 65 points in a half.
- Total Score: 113.08
- Field Goal Percentage: 46.58
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.40
- Free Throw Percentage: 75.47
- Total Rebounds: 40.81
- Total Score: 116.04
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.49
- Three-Point Percentage: 37.23
- Free Throw Percentage: 78.45
- Total Rebounds: 47.77
Why Bet on Milwaukee?
The Milwaukee Bucks have the NBA’s best record and have won their past four games, all by double digits. It was 113-94 in Brooklyn on Monday. The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the league’s top record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped. The Bucks’ 19-point win marked their NBA-high 29th win of the season by double-digits.
After a 4-1 road trip, the Bucks return to Fiserv Forum a season-high 26 games over .500 with the best record in the NBA at 39-13. This is the first time Milwaukee has been 26 or more games over .500 since the end of the 1985-86 season (57-25). Milwaukee’s 4-1 road trip was its best road trip (min. 5 games) since the 1985-86 season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo fell one assist short of a triple-double as he tallied 30 points (12-of-19 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), 15 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots in 32 minutes vs. the Nets. With his three blocks, the Greek Freak is up to 587 career rejections, one more than Ervin Johnson. Antetokounmpo, who’s averaging 1.4 blocks per game, should pass John Henson (600 blocks as a member of the Bucks) before the season ends.
Eric Bledsoe (sore left Achilles) established a new season high in Monday’s win over the Nets, as he tallied five steals to go along with 15 points (6-of-16 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five assists, three rebounds and one blocked shot. Prior to Monday, Bledsoe had two games this season in which he racked up four steals with the most recent being Milwaukee’s January 31 win over Toronto. Over his last four outings, the ninth-year guard is averaging 3.0 steals, double his season average.
Malcolm Brogdon played 26 minutes in Monday’s win, tallying 16 points (7-of-16 FGs), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two 3-pointers. Brogdon’s scored at least 15 points in six of his last seven outings, and during this stretch, he’s shooting 48.9% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc.
- Total Score: 117.17
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.97
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.01
- Free Throw Percentage: 76.97
- Total Rebounds: 48.96
- Total Score: 107.15
- Field Goal Percentage: 42.96
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.41
- Free Throw Percentage: 73.71
- Total Rebounds: 44.46
Wizards vs Bucks NBA Betting Trends
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee
- Underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings
- Road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings
- Washington is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
- Washington is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
- Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Milwaukee is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games
Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Wizards vs Bucks
Wizards can hang within 8-10. Take the points.