The Bucks and Spurs are set to face off at 7:30 ET on TNT. The Spurs will host the game at Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, TX. The Bucks are the favored team in this non-conference contest against the Spurs. The game’s over/under currently sits at 249 points.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS SAN ANTONIO SPURS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5
This game will be played at Frost Bank Center at 7:30 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-104 in favor of the Bucks.
- Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.0% and knocking down 15 threes.
Is A Road Victory Likely for Favored Milwaukee?
As the Bucks take on the Spurs, they will look to snap a two-game losing streak. Milwaukee is 2nd in the Eastern Conference and leads the Central Division with a record of 24-10.
So far, the Bucks have been the favorite in 33 of their 34 games, and have put together a record of 24-9. However, they have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games, moving their ATS record to 15-19. On the road, Milwaukee is averaging a scoring margin of +3.7 points per game, and have gone 8-7 ATS for the season.
Today’s over/under line of 249 is slightly higher than their average over/under line of 238.5. For the season, 29 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 249. The Bucks’ over/under record for the season is 22-12.
On the road, the Bucks have been solid vs. the spread compared to their overall record. The team’s average scoring margin as the favorite on the road is +6.2 points, and they have gone 1-0 as the underdog this season.
Milwaukee’s offense put up 130 points in their last game vs. the Pacers, shooting 50% from the field and going 24/32 from the free-throw line. On the season, the Bucks are one of the most efficient shooting teams in the NBA, shooting 50% from the field. Inside the arc, they are hitting 58% of their shots and are averaging 14.3 made three’s per game.
The Bucks’ defense is presently ranked 24th in the league, allowing an average of 119.7 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Bucks are causing 13 turnovers per game, ranking 17th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.6 blocked shots each game.
Will San Antonio Pull Through as the Underdog Home Team?
With a record of 5-28, the Spurs will look to pick up a win as 9.5-point underdogs vs. the Bucks. When playing teams from the East, San Antonio is 0-9 this season.
San Antonio has struggled to cover the spread at home this season, going 6-10. The team has also lost three straight games both straight up and against the spread.
Against the spread, the Spurs have been the underdog in 32 of their 33 games and have gone 12-20 vs. the spread for the season.
The over/under record in their games is currently 21-12, but they have had two straight games stay below the OU lines. The average over/under line in their games this year has been 232.4.
In their most recent game vs. the Grizzlies, the Spurs’ offense struggled and only managed to score 98 points. In that game, they shot 10/31 from three-point range and had a field goal percentage of 42.4%. On the season, the Spurs have been looking to play fast and are averaging 102.4 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal attempts per game, they rank 4th in the league and have a season field goal percentage of 45%.
At present, the Spurs’ defense is ranked 27th, allowing 122.8 points per game. Opponents are hitting 55.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.9% of their three-point attempts.