Memphis Grizzlies (7-5) vs Milwaukee Bucks (10-3)Date : 11/14/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Memphis Grizzlies vs Milwaukee Bucks
The Memphis Grizzlies will take to the court on Wednesday night at 8 pm EST to face the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Grizzlies halted a two-game winning streak as they fell to the Utah Jazz at home by a 96-88 score despite Mike Conley pumping in 24 points along with Mark Gasol having 16 points in the contest. The Bucks have won two of their last three games as they picked up a road win over the Denver Nuggets in their last outing on Sunday night by a 121-114 score as their five starters all scored in double digits with Brook Lopez leading the way 28 points on eight for 13 shooting on the night. In all, the over is 3-0-1 in the last four games amongst these two teams while the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last five games in Milwaukee.
Memphis Grizzlies's Latest Performance :
Memphis has been up and down lately in losing three of five games, however, during their current three game home stand, they were 2-0 after an overtime win versus the red-hot Philadelphia 76’ers on November 10th. Nonetheless, they came out on the losing end versus a Utah Jazz team that had to endure a physical matchup all night long. Both teams shot near 40% for the game yet Joe Ingles for the Jazz scored 19 points while connecting on three of six three-point attempts for the night to spur the Jazz to victory.
And while Conley and Gasol had solid nights for Memphis, the rest of the team went 14 for 56 for the game. The Jazz finally broke the game open with a 14-5 run in the fourth period which became just the run they needed in which to seal the victory in what was the Grizzlies first home loss of the season. They should look for yet another defensive battle to where their inconsistent offense will likely struggle with the Bucks on the schedule.
Milwaukee Bucks's Latest Performance :
The Bucks have played well this season as they find themselves on top within the Central division of the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-3. Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the team all season in scoring (25), rebounds (13), along with field goal percentage (55%). Nonetheless, the success of the team cannot be attributed to only one player as their wins have been a team effort as Malcolm Brogdan, Chris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, as well as Brook Lopez have also picked up their play early on in the season to ensure that their team continues to win.
In fact, Lopez chipped in 28 points in the Bucks last win over the Nuggets on the road as the team shot 57% from the field while going 51% from three-point range. The starters for the Bucks accounted for 103 of their 121 points for the night. On the other hand, their defense also continues to impress while being ranked in the top 15 within each major defensive category this year. They look to continue this momentum versus an up and down Grizzlies team looking for much more consistency on the offensive end.
How Memphis Grizzlies & Milwaukee Bucks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Memphis is 7-5 ATS while the OU is 4-8
Milwaukee is 8-4-1 ATS while the OU is 10-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting game in that the Grizzlies will be looking to get back on track with a win, however, the Bucks are beginning to heat up once again as well, so it will likely be difficult. Combine this with the fact that they will be on the road where the Grizzlies are 2-3 in their last five, look for the Bucks to take advantage of their lack of production way from their home floor. Finally, the Grizzlies will be looking to get more production from other players within the lineup in which to increase overall offensive production.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
My reason for the pick :
Look for the home team to come out on top in this matchup as they have certainly been the better team on both sides of the ball. As stated, the Bucks have been getting it done on the defensive end, where they are ranked 2nd in field goal percentage allowed, while also putting up numbers (in a team effort) on offense as they are averaging 122 points per game, good for first in the league. With Memphis struggling to score, look for the home team to dominant late in the game in what will be a physical matchup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
While Memphis would like to keep this game low scoring, the Bucks will look to get out and run in this contest. This will allow them to get easy buckets in transition while playing into their style of basketball. It is for this reason, along with the Bucks having much momentum entering the matchup, that I will back the over in this contest as I see the balanced offensive attack for Milwaukee dominating throughout the game while allowing the score to balloon.
Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies:
- Under is 4-0 in Grizzlies last 4 games playing on 1 days’ rest.
- Grizzlies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 road games.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks:
- Bucks are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Over is 5-0 in Bucks last 5 Wednesday games.
- Over is 8-1 in Bucks last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.