Nuggets vs Bucks Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/31/2020
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee -3.5
Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks (41-6, 1st in the Central Division) play the Denver Nuggets (32-15, 1st in the Northwest Division) at Fiserv Forum on Friday, January 31, 2020. The odds on this game have Milwaukee as 3.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 226.
The Nuggets are covering the spread 46.5% of the time, having gone 20-23-4 ATS. Milwaukee is covering 55.3% of the time, going 26-21-0 against the spread.
Key Denver Nuggets Injuries
01/22/20 PF Paul Millsap Knee is out indefinitely
01/22/20 PF Mason Plumlee Foot is out 2-4 weeks
01/16/20 SG Jamal Murray Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
01/29/20 SF Giannis Antetokounmpo Shoulder is questionable Friday vs Denver
Will Barton comes into this contest averaging 14.7 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 76%. Nikola Jokic averages 19.8 points per game in 32.0 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.5 assists per contest and 10.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Eric Bledsoe averages 15.5 points per game while playing 26.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Khris Middleton averages 20.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Denver averages 109.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 21st in the league. They average 44.8 rebounds per game and 26.2 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 25th with 13.5 per game. The Nuggets allow 106.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 15th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 7th and they give up 24.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Milwaukee is 1st in the league with 120.0 points per game this year. They are 1st in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 12.8. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 11th in the NBA. They are 1st in the league in rebounding with 51.6 boards per game, and 6th in assists per contest with 26.1. The Bucks are 18th in turnovers per game with 14.6. The Bucks surrender 107.2 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 41% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 1st and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 23.7 assists allowed per contest and 17th with 45.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bucks are 11th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per game.
The Nuggets are 12th in the league in defensive rating with 108, and their offensive rating of 111.3 is ranked 11th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 97.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 21st. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 27th in the NBA. Denver is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 17th in the NBA.
Milwaukee is 20th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Bucks are 2nd in the league in defensive rating with 102, and their offensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 1st. They are 1st in the NBA in pace with 104.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 1st. As a unit they are 1st in the league in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Nuggets/Bucks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Denver +3.5
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