Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks will face each other in one of the most interesting NBA matches on Monday evening. The home side has been running hot and cold recently and wants to stabilize its form. The visitors’ winning streak ended last time, and they look forward to getting back on the winning track.
Utah still tops its division, but they need to be more consistent to lock the pole position ahead of the playoffs. It’s going to be their second straight game on the home court, and they will search for another victory. On the other hand, Milwaukee lost its most recent game, and they want to bounce back. The task won’t be easy, but the away side intends to secure a positive result on the road.
Utah Jazz – Will they celebrate at home again?
The Jazz leads the race for the pole position in the Northwest Division with a 42-25 record, being two wins ahead of the Denver Nuggets. Although they have had some troubles on the road lately, the hosts have been pretty confident in their backyard. Utah has tied nine straight wins at their court and will look forward to extending that run. The latest one came against the Kings when Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz to a 134-125 win by scoring 45 points for 35 minutes spent in the game.
Donovan Mitchell has been the most productive player in Utah’s offense with 25.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per contest. Bojan Bogdanovic contributes with 18.1 pts and 4.3 rebs, while Jordan Clarkson averages 15.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Rudy Gobert is the most dominant player in the paint with 14.7 rebounds per match while chipping in with 15.4 points and 2.2 blocks. However, he is listed as questionable for this match, which could be a huge setback for the home side. Besides Gobert, Trent Forrest is also uncertain for this match, while Udoka Azubuike is definitely out of the selection.
Expected Line-Up: Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Hassan Whiteside
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Milwaukee Bucks – Can they get back on the winning track?
A six-game winning streak came to an end for the Bucks in their latest defeat against the Golden State Warriors on the road. They couldn’t come with Golden State in the paint, as their opponents had 16 rebounds more. Eventually, a 41.3 field goal percentage also played a significant role in Milwaukee’s 122-109 defeat on Saturday evening. Nevertheless, the Bucks still top the Central Division with a 42-26 record, being one win ahead of the Chicago Bulls. However, their division rivals have one game in hand, while the third-placed Cleveland is just three wins below.
Giannis Antetokounmpo tops almost all Milwaukee’s charts with 29.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.1 steals per match on average. Khris Middleton produces 20.3 pts, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebs, and 1.1 steals, while Jrue Holiday contributes with 18.2 points, 6.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per contest. Bobby Portis is another player that has a double-digit number of points – 11.3 – while having 9.2 rebs per game. Regarding the selection issues, Milwaukee won’t face many as Lindell Wigginton is the only unavailable player for this match.
Expected Line-Up: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Expert Pick #1 – Over 235.5 @-110
Both teams are in the top three in the NBA efficiency charts, so it’s not surprising why the Over will be my first pick. Although the Jazz has been involved in some low-scoring matches lately, they packed 134 points in the latest one. On the other hand, 11 of the Bucks’ last 15 games went over the margin.
Expert Pick #2 – Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 @-110
It is going to be a tight clash between these two sides, but I’m leaning towards the visitors. If Rudy Gobert skips this match, it could be big trouble for Utah. Therefore, Minnesota could take advantage of that to win and cover on the road. That’s why I’m taking this one as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Milwaukee Bucks Over 118.5 @-110
Milwaukee scored more than 118 points eight times on the previous ten occasions, and since they are one of the most productive NBA teams, they could repeat the same against the Jazz. Without Rudy Gobert, there could be a big hole in Utah’s paint, which the Bucks could capitalize on. It will be my third pick at the same odds as the first two.