Milwaukee Bucks (0-0) vs Charlotte Hornets (0-0)Date : 10/17/2018
Time : 7:00PM ET
Location : Spectrum Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets will welcome the Bucks to Spectrum Center for their season opener on Wednesday. The Hornets finished 10th in the East last season while the Bucks fell short to the C’s in the first round in seven games.
Milwaukee Bucks 's Latest Performance :
The Bucks will come back firing on all cylinders this season because they should have beaten an injury Boston Celtics but they ended up losing to them in seven. Everything starts with Giannis Antetokounmpo when you mention Milwaukee, he is now the best player in the East with LeBron going to the West and it is not even close. This could be the year that Giannis takes the Eastern conference by storm by putting up big numbers on a nightly basis. With Parker gone to the Bulls, it is Giannis’ responsibility to carry the scoring load. Khris Middleton has shown the ability to play the sidekick role and sees the second highest usage on the team. The Bucks added depth at the four by adding Ersan Ilyasova he will be an efficient bench scorer. The addition of Brook Lopez gives the Bucks some scoring at the five, which is something they have not had in quite some time. Look for the Bucks to dominate the Hornets on the road as they are a much better team than the Hornets.
Player to watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo, he is about to send a message to the Eastern Conference I expect to put up huge numbers in his first game back. The Hornets will have a tough time covering him. Antetokounmpo spent his summer receiving mentorship from Kobe and Garnett so watch his hard work pay off in the regular season.
Charlotte Hornets's Latest Performance :
This might be the last year that the Hornets will have Kemba Walker as their leader since it is his last year on his contract before he becomes a free agent next season. The Hornets traded away Dwight Howard to the Nets after a mediocre season. The Hornets did not really get better as a team my prediction once Kemba goes elsewhere the full rebuild will be in full effect. Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, and Willy Hernangomez are going to draw some minutes in the center position. Frank Kaminsky is now in the 4th year of his contract he is looking like the modern four that can help the team stretch the floor with his 3 point shooting. The Hornets drafted Miles Bridges, who sits behind Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist currently. Bridges is a young player with a lot of upside on both sides of the ball. With Lamb and MKG not being promising building blocks of the future. Playing against the Bucks in their season opener will be a tough task because of the player that is Giannis is becoming and the Bucks are looking stronger than ever.
Player to Watch: Kemba Walker, I expect him to put this Hornets team on his back from the get-go because the Hornets don’t really have much offense to rely on apart from Kemba. Tony Parker won’t have a major role due to his age he is there for mentorship for the Younger players. Kemba will use this season as an opportunity to increase his trade value and potentially land a big contract next summer.
How Milwaukee Bucks & Charlotte Hornets Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Against The Spread Selection: Milwaukee Bucks
My reason for the pick :
The Bucks are going to blow out the Hornets in their season opener on the road. Antetokounmpo is bound to have a huge game against the Hornets. He dropped 32-point, 12-rebounds and 10-assist triple-double in his last preseason game so the Hornets are a bit unlucky to be facing Giannis this early into the season. He has taken a massive leap in each of his five seasons and isn’t even scratching the surface at age 23. For the Hornets, they will have trouble to put points up on the board and this will be their problem going forward all season long.
Bucks to win on the road over the Hornets.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks :
- Bucks are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Charlotte Hornets:
- Hornets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.