Betting on today’s Jazz and Bucks game? Catch the action at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI, as the Bucks hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on BSW. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 245 points, and the Bucks are favored to win at home against the Jazz.
UTAH JAZZ VS MILWAUKEE BUCKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5
This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 8th.
WHY BET THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-108 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 51.4% and knocking down 10 threes.
Can Utah Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?
Heading into today’s game against the Bucks, the Jazz are the 9.5-point underdogs and will look to pick up a win on the road. So far, Utah has struggled away from home this season, going 6-15 compared to 11-5 at home (both records).
Overall, the Jazz come in 12th in the Western Conference with a record of 17-20. Against other teams in the West, Utah is 10-15 compared to 7-5 in non-conference games.
Utah’s average scoring differential this season is -6.5 points per game on the road. They have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games as the underdog, moving their season-long ATS record to 17-14.
So far, the Jazz have been the underdog in 31 of their 37 games this season. Their straight-up record as the underdog is 12-19, and they have managed to keep 9 of their 21 road games within the spread.
The over/under record in Utah’s games with higher OU lines than today’s line of 245 is 0-1, but 19 of their games have had lower over/under lines than this season’s average of 231.4.
The Jazz offense scored 120 points in their most recent game vs the 76ers. They shot 57.5% from the field and hit 8 three-pointers. On offense, the Jazz have not been efficient, as they are shooting 46% from the field. They are currently 15th in made free throws, shooting 81% from the line.
Coming into today’s game, the Jazz’s defense is giving up an average of 118.7 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Jazz squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.0% from downtown.
Can the Bucks Please their Home Crowd?
The Milwaukee Bucks will host the Jazz as 9.5-point favorites. If they are able to cover, they will also snap several ATS streaks. Right now, they have failed to cover the spread in four straight games and three straight at home.
Overall, the Bucks are 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-11. Against other teams in the East, Milwaukee has gone 20-10 compared to 5-1 in non-conference games.
When playing at home, the Bucks have been the much better team. They have an average scoring margin of +6.2 PPG at home on their way to a record of 16-3. So far, they have been the favorite in 35 of their 36 games.
Milwaukee’s over/under record for the season is 22-14, but the under has hit in each of their last two games. For the season, 26 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 245. The average over/under line in their games has been 238.8 points.
Today, the Bucks offense is 2nd in scoring at 124.3 points per game. On the season, they have outscored their opponent’s defensive average in 72.2% of their games. The Bucks are 3rd in the league in field goal percentage at 50%. From beyond the arc, they are 10th in percentage and 6th in three-pointers made.
Coming into the game, the Bucks’ defense is giving up an average of 119.5 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 66.7% of their games. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Bucks are forcing 13 per game, which is 16th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 11th in blocked shots at 5.5 per game.