The Milwaukee Bucks head down to the Lone Star State to take on the Dallas Mavericks for the second and final time this season. It’s time to continue our NBA odds series and make a Bucks-Mavericks prediction and pick.
Milwaukee won the first meeting by a score of 122-109. Giannis and Kris Middleton came up big for their team with 56 combined points. Dallas enters this game having won seven of their last 10 games. They had a five-game winning streak snapped by Houston in a shocking loss last night. The Bucks had a three-game winning streak of their own snapped by Golden State in their last game. With both teams looking to bounce back, let’s dive into the arguments for both teams.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Bucks-Mavericks odds.
NBA Odds: Bucks-Mavericks Odds
Milwaukee Bucks PK (-110)
Over 228.5 Points (-110)
Under 228.5 Points (-110)
Why The Bucks Could Cover The Spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are a bit depleted at the moment as Giannis Antetokounmpo and PJ Tucker both missed the last game and are listed as day-to-day coming into tonight. Milwaukee is 3-2 when Giannis is out of the lineup in 2021. They will hope to have their star back on the court in the last game of a six-game road trip. It’s clear that this team isn’t as balanced and explosive when their point-forward isn’t on the floor.
The Bucks suffered a tough loss in Golden State on Tuesday night as Steph and the Warriors pulled off an impressive comeback win. Milwaukee did blow a late lead, but there were definitely some positives to take away. Jrue Holiday led the way for the Bucks with 29 points, three rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Kris Middleton added 28 points and seven boards and three other Bucks scored in double figures. Milwaukee is one of the best teams in the league and will look to get back to form as they had a stretch in March where the won 13 of 14 games.
Why The Mavericks Could Cover The Spread
The Dallas Mavericks suffered a devastating loss against the Houston Rockets last night. The Mavs had been rolling of late, winning five straight games going into a date with one of the worst teams in basketball. Dallas undoubtedly ran into a “trap spot” in the uncharacteristic loss. The Mavericks couldn’t get anything going for stretches as their star player Luka Doncic struggled all night. Luka had 23 points on 9-26 shooting from the floor.
Despite his struggles, other key players stepped up for Dallas in a valiant effort. Kristaps Porzingis delivered a solid outing, dropping 23 points and adding 12 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson also registered 18 and 14 points, respectively. The Mavericks are a phenomenal offensive team with many weapons that can crush you in an instant. They are playing great team basketball at the moment and will look to bounce back against a depleted Milwaukee team. Dallas is 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Bucks and 5-1 ATS in their last six overall.
Final Bucks-Mavericks Prediction & Pick
This pick really stems on the status of Giannis Antetokounmpo. No Giannis and this becomes an easy pick. Regardless, I like Dallas to come away with the win at home. They are playing better basketball of late and have an added chip on their shoulder after a grueling defeat last night. The Bucks are too inconsistent without their team leader and it’s hard to tell what they’ll get from him even if he is healthy enough to suit up.
FINAL PICK: Dallas Mavericks PK (-110)