Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 12/25/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (+7)
The Milwaukee Bucks (0-1) play the Golden State Warriors (0-1) at Fiserv Forum on Friday. The odds on this contest have Milwaukee as 7-point favorites. The over/under opens at 233.5.
The Golden State Warriors faced the Brooklyn Nets and ended up losing by a score of 125-99 in their last game. Golden State ended the game with a 37.4% FG percentage (37 out of 99) and made 10 of their 33 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Warriors converted 15 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 65.2%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 47 with 13 of them being offensive. They also doled out 26 assists for the contest as well as earning 6 steals and 6 rejections. In terms of the defense, Golden State allowed 45.7% from the floor on 42 out of 92 shooting. Brooklyn recorded 24 assists and had 11 steals for the game. On top of that, the Nets pulled down 57 rebounds (13 offensive, 44 defensive) and earned 7 blocked shots. Brooklyn finished the game at 81.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 26 of 32 attempts. They buried 15 of 35 shots from distance.
James Wiseman is one player who saw a lot of minutes in this game. He ended up scoring 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 24:17 mins played and also snagged 6 rebounds. Wiseman finished 53.8% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. Another guy that saw a lot of minutes in this game for the Warriors was Stephen Curry. He totaled 4 boards and also tallied 10 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 7-of-21 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Curry was on the hardwood for 30:19 min.
Golden State turned it over 14.9 times per contest and as a unit committed 20.1 fouls per game last season. As a squad, Golden State collected 42.8 boards per contest and tallied 1,663 assists over the course of last season, which ranked 18th in basketball in terms of passing. The Warriors shot 33.4% on three-point attempts (678 of 2,032) and 80.3% from the free throw line. They had an average of 106.3 pts per contest (28th in the league) while connecting on 43.8% from the floor. Defensively, the Warriors were able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest and they drew 20.1 fouls. They were ranked 13th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,698 relinquished last year. The Warriors defensively gave up a shooting percentage of 47.6% (2,743 of 5,760) and they surrendered 46.5 boards per game as a squad. They gave up 38.9% from 3-point land and they ranked 24th in the NBA in points per game allowed (115.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks took a loss by a final score of 122-121 when they faced the Boston Celtics on a last second Jayson Tatum shot. The Bucks snagged 41 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 52 for this game. They blocked 6 tries while getting 4 steals for the game. The Celtics were called for 17 fouls for the game which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Milwaukee buried 14 of their 35 tries (40.0%). Overall, the Bucks walked away from this one shooting 46 out of 90 from the field which had them at 51.1%. The Bucks permitted the Celtics to make 48 out of their 101 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.5% for this contest. They went 45.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 18 out of 40 and ended up going 8 of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%). Concerning team rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Boston to pull down 37 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Jrue Holiday ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Bucks in this matchup. He made 10 out of 16 in this game for a rate of 62.5%, which gave him 25 points. Holiday had 6 boards in his 38:23 minutes of time on the court and had 3 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who saw a lot of court time for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He totaled 27 points in 37:33 minutes played by way of 10 out of 20 shooting for the contest. Middleton ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 8 dimes and 14 rebounds.
Milwaukee accumulated 8,663 pts last year (118.7 per game) and they grabbed 51.7 boards per game last year. As an offensive unit, the Bucks shot 47.6% from the floor, which was ranked 3rd in the league. The Bucks were responsible for committing 19.6 personal fouls per game and they shot 74.2% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 25.9 times per game (6th in basketball) and they gave up possession 15.1 times per game. The Bucks were ranked 8th in the league in points given up per game with 108.6. They relinquished 24.2 dimes and 45.8 total boards per game, which had them ranked 11th and 21st in those defensive categories. The Milwaukee defense gave up 35.5% from downtown (1,020 of 2,871) and opponents converted on 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They were able to force 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 41.4% from the floor (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-7)
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