Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 3/1/2020
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -6.5
Spectrum Center is the site where Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets (21-38, 4th in the Southeast Division) will take on the Milwaukee Bucks (51-8, 1st in the Central Division) on Sunday. Charlotte opens this matchup as 6.5 point underdogs. The over/under opens at 230.
The Bucks cover the spread 59.3% of the time, having gone 35-24-0 ATS. Charlotte is covering 49.1% of the time, going 29-30-0 against the spread.
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
02/28/20 SF Khris Middleton Neck is questionable Sunday vs Charlotte
02/28/20 SG Kyle Korver Back is questionable Sunday vs Charlotte
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
02/26/20 SG Malik Monk Suspension is out indefinitely
Giannis Antetokounmpo comes into this contest averaging 29.7 points per game while playing 30.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 13.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 55% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 62%. Khris Middleton averages 21.1 points per game in 29.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.2 assists per contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Terry Rozier averages 17.6 points per game while playing 34.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 88%. Devonte' Graham averages 17.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.5 rebounds per contest and 7.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 37% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee averages 120.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 12.8 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 12th in the league. They average 52.0 rebounds per game and 26.3 assists per game, which ranks them 1st and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 14.8 per game. The Bucks allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 7th in the league. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 1st and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.6 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 23.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte is 30th in the league with 102.2 points per game this year. They are 30th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -7.5. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They are 23rd in the league in rebounding with 43.0 boards per game, and 19th in assists per contest with 23.7. The Hornets are 16th in turnovers per game with 14.8. The Hornets surrender 109.7 points per contest, which ranks them 13th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 16th in those defensive statistics. They rank 30th with 26.6 assists allowed per contest and 22nd with 46.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Hornets are 12th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per game.
The Bucks are 3rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 113.7, and their defensive rating of 101.6 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 105.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 56% is 1st. As a team they are 1st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Milwaukee is 19th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%, which is 30th in the league.
Charlotte is 9th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 4th in the league. The Hornets are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.4, and their defensive rating of 113.1 is ranked 24th. In terms of pace they are 30th in the league with 96.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 28th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 11th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bucks/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Milwaukee -6.5
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