The Milwaukee Bucks (51-8) head to Spectrum Center to go head-to-head with the Charlotte Hornets (21-38). The Bucks will attempt to prolong their five-game winning streak. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Net Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets ATS Preview
In the Bucks’ last contest, they easily got past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 133-86, easily covering as 1-point favorites. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 13-for-20 shooting. The Bucks, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.7, had a solid mark of 31.1 and held the Thunder to an effective field goal percentage of 0.396 (below their season average of 0.536). The two teams combined to score 219 points, which was under the projected point total of 232.
The Hornets hope to maintain momentum after covering the 2-point spread against the Toronto Raptors in their last contest, 99-96. Bismack Biyombo played a pivotal role for Charlotte with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.519 (above their season average of 0.501) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.2 (above their season average of 23.8). Toronto was 0.400 and 23.0, respectively, for those same stats. Combined, the two squads scored 195 points, which came in under the O/U total of 207.
These two teams have already met twice this year, with the Bucks winning both. In the most recent contest, Antetokounmpo recorded 30 points, 16 rebounds and six assists and the Bucks defeated the Hornets 116-103 but could not cover as 14.5-point favorites. The two teams combined for 219 points, which was just 0.5 points below the projected point total of 219.5 points. The Bucks’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Hornets. Milwaukee had a rate of 27.9, while Charlotte posted a mark of 16.3.
Charlotte might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they clash against one of the league’s best defenses. Milwaukee ranks first in defensive efficiency, while the Hornets rank 28th in offensive efficiency. It will also be a tale of two tempos as the up-tempo Bucks rank second in possessions per game, while the more methodical Hornets rank 30th.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Bucks, ATS Winner – Bucks, O/U – Over
The Bucks rank first in points allowed in the paint per game (38.5) while the Hornets rank 22nd (50.9).
Milwaukee ranks third in fast break points per game (18.7) while Charlotte ranks 21st (11.8).
Milwaukee averages 38.5 three pointers per game, which ranks fourth in the NBA. Charlotte ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (34.9).
Milwaukee ranks 19th in steals per game (7.4) while Charlotte ranks 25th (6.6).
Milwaukee is 17-12 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 10-14-2 ATS at home.
The total has gone under in 14 of the Hornets’ 26 home games, while 15 of the Bucks’ 29 road games have gone under.
In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, Milwaukee is 15-0 and Charlotte is 7-0.
The Bucks are 51-8 when they reach 100 points, while the Hornets are 16-21.
The Bucks rank first in second chance points allowed per game (11.3) while the Hornets rank 19th (13.4).
Milwaukee averages 26.3 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Charlotte ranks last in assists allowed per game (26.6).
The Bucks rank first in rebounds per game (52.0) while the Hornets rank 23rd (43.0).
The Bucks average 17.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA. The Hornets rank 17th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.1).
Milwaukee ranks third in blocks per game (6.2) while Charlotte ranks 24th (4.2).
Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Milwaukee is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.8, up from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bucks have scored an average of 124.6 points per game (4.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.2 points per game (3.0 below their season average).