Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Predictions, Expert NBA Pick 3/8/2020
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -8.5
Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks (53-10, 1st in the Central Division) are headed to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Phoenix Suns (25-38, 4th in the Pacific Division). The line on this matchup has Milwaukee as 8.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 226.
The Bucks are covering the spread 57.1% of the time, having gone 36-27-0 ATS. Phoenix is covering the spread 45.2% of the time, going 28-34-1 against the spread.
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
03/06/20 PG George Hill Groin is questionable Sunday vs Phoenix
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
03/06/20 C DeAndre Ayton Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Milwaukee
03/06/20 PF Cameron Johnson Illness is questionable Sunday vs Milwaukee
02/27/20 SF Kelly Oubre Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
01/04/20 PF Frank Kaminsky Knee is out indefinitely
Eric Bledsoe comes into this contest averaging 15.2 points per game while playing 27.1 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 29.6 points per game in 30.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 13.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 55% for the year while his free throw percentage is 63%.
Devin Booker averages 25.9 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 6.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 92%. Ricky Rubio averages 12.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 8.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee averages 118.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 12.0 and their shooting percentage is 48% as a team, which has them ranked 2nd. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the league. They average 52.0 rebounds per game and 26.0 assists per game, which ranks them 1st and 6th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 15.0 per game. The Bucks allow 106.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 3rd in the league. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 1st and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.7 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 23.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 15th in the league with 112.2 points per game this year. They are 12th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.3. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 22nd in the league in rebounding with 43.0 boards per game, and 1st in assists per contest with 27.1. The Suns are 11th in turnovers per game with 15.1. The Suns surrender 113.5 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 22nd and 23rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 11th with 23.8 assists allowed per contest and 9th with 43.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Suns are 27th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.1 per game.
The Bucks are 8th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.7, and their defensive rating of 101.3 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 1st in the league with 105.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 1st. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 4th in the league. Milwaukee is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 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.
Phoenix is 10th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 10th in the NBA. The Suns are 17th in the league in defensive rating with 111.5, and their offensive rating of 110.2 is ranked 19th. They are 9th in the NBA in pace with 101.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 21st. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bucks/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Milwaukee -8.5
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