Tip-off: 0105, 22/11/2019
Stadium: Fiserv Forum
TV: Sky Sports
Milwaukee Bucks will aim for their sixth successive win when they host the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.
The home fans will be expecting to see a dominant Bucks side, who sit in second place in the Eastern Conference ahead of just their fifth match at the Fiserv Forum and have won nine of their last 10 games.
Portland are trending in the other direction, with only two victories over the same number of matches.
Milwaukee have claimed four of those nine triumphs by a margin of 6-10 points, which heads us towards our first Bucks vs Trail Blazers prediction of another comfortable win at a price of 13/4.
A Look At Milwaukee Bucks’ Betting Odds
Milwaukee are justifying their tag as one of the pre-season favourites to clinch a first NBA title since 1971 and are among the front-runners in the Eastern Conference, alongside leaders Boston Celtics with a record of 11-3.
The Bucks completed their three-game road trip with a 135-127 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, with ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo once again leading the way on Wednesday.
The reigning NBA MVP is averaging 30.5 points per game, which is second in the standings across the league, and 13.8 rebounds per match – also second overall.
Antetokounmpo has top-scored in each of the last five matches but has been aided by strong performances from Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe in recent games.
Lopez recorded a double-double against the Bulls on Tuesday – scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds – while Bledsoe has poured in 25 and 31 points against Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago respectively.
Donte DiVincenzo has been a revelation since taking Khris Middleton’s starting place due to injury, which could have provided some issues after moving Wesley Matthews from shooting guard to small forward.
Milwaukee may have the superstar which is in top form at the moment but they are not reliant on Antetokounmpo each night.
With a team which is the second-highest scoring in NBA, we anticipate them to dominate in a points frenzy – helping produce over 232.5 total match points on home soil for our second selection from the Bucks vs Trail Blazers odds at 21/20.
A Look At Portland Trail Blazers’ Betting Odds
Portland have had a torrid time recently and sit second-bottom in the Western Conference after just five wins from 15 matches this season.
Their slump in form has been exacerbated by Damian Lillard’s back injury, which saw him miss 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony’s Trail Blazers debut in the 115-104 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
That was Melo’s first game in over a year as he enters his 17th season as an NBA player and he insisted he was fine after 24 minutes on court – but still has plenty of work to do in terms of linking up with his new team-mates.
CJ McCollum sits 19th in the standings for average points per game – 21.3 – but is third for minutes per game, with Lillard at the top of the pile at 37.4 and 38.3 respectively, highlighting their influence on the team.
Lillard is doubtful after back spasms on Tuesday, but could be risked against the in-form Bucks and a trio of the point guard, McCollum and Anthony could see their season get back on track after reaching the Western Conference Final during the 2018-19 campaign.
Luckily, their slump has come at the beginning of season and they are only three games behind the Minnesota Timberwolves, who occupy the final play-off berth, and the Trail Blazers have played 10 of their 15 matches on the road.
Despite this, Portland average 110.6 points away from Moda Center and we believe that a price of 91/100 to score over 109.5 in Milwaukee is viable, so that rounds off our Bucks vs Trail Blazer betting tips.
Atlanta 127-135 MILWAUKEE
New Orleans 115-104 PORTLAND
Head-to-head: Milwaukee 84-99 Portland, Milwaukee 143-100 Portland, Portland 118-103 Milwaukee
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