The Milwaukee Bucks will play the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday. It’s time continue our NBA odds series with a Bucks-Magic prediction and pick.
The Bucks and Magic will play on Thursday as Milwaukee will look to sweep the second game of a two-game set between the clubs this week. Milwaukee blew out the Magic on Tuesday night by a score of 127-110 as Orlando continues to be decimated roster wise by injuries and players tied up in NBA health and safety protocols. The Bucks come into Thursday’s matchup as big road favorites over the Magic again, which comes as no surprise as Orlando is missing 10 rotation caliber players due to injuries and protocols.
Here is how FanDuel has set the Bucks-Magic odds for this Thursday NBA matchup.
NBA Odds: Bucks-Magic Odds
Milwaukee Bucks -14 (-112)
Orlando Magic +14 (-108)
Over 217.5 (-110)
Under 217.5 (-110)
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Why The Bucks Could Cover The Spread
All of the Bucks’ regulars sans Brook Lopez (back surgery) appear good to go in this one. This gives Milwaukee a huge edge as Orlando is ravaged by injuries and players in the health and safety protocols. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday likely wouldn’t need a depth advantage to beat Orlando, but they will have one on Thursday anyways. The Bucks are riding a four-game winning streak into this one and will be looking for their eighth win in their last ten games.
Milwaukee vs. the spread
The Bucks are 16-20 against the spread overall this season and 5-5 in their last ten games vs. the number. Milwaukee is 9-5 vs. the spread as a road favorite this season.
Why The Magic Could Cover The Spread
Orlando will be missing the following players due to health and safety protocols or injury in this one, barring late changes to their injury report: Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Michael Carter-Williams, Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Issac, Robin Lopez, E’Twaun Moore, Mychal Mulder, Chuma Okeke, Terrence Ross and Jalen Suggs. That is the bulk of their team, and Franz Wagner, who scored 38 points in Tuesday’s loss, will have to do far more than should be asked of a rookie in this one if the Magic are even going to have a chance. The Magic likely have little chance at a win in this one, and a cover isn’t anything close to safe either. The Bucks covered a 14.5-point spread vs. Orlando on Tuesday.
Orlando vs. the spread
The Magic are 15-20 vs. the spread this season and 4-6 in their last ten games. Orlando is 3-11 vs. the spread as home underdogs this season, and has been an underdog in all 35 of their games to this point. That streak seems like a lock to continue to 36 games no matter how much the line moves ahead of tip of Thursday.
Final Bucks-Magic Prediction and Pick
Take the Bucks to cover and win again in Orlando over the Magic on Thursday. The Bucks should be able to dominate this game as the much better and healthier group. The Magic had very little answers for Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Expect more of the same when these teams meet again on Thursday. Take the Bucks by a quite a bit in this one behind big games from the big three of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday.
Final Bucks-Magic Prediction & Pick: Bucks -14 (-112)