Charlotte Hornets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports WI
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+5.5)
Fiserv Forum is the venue where and the Milwaukee Bucks (32-18) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (26-24) on Friday. Charlotte opens this matchup as 5.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 223.
The Charlotte Hornets took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder and took home the win by a score of 113-102 in their last game. Charlotte walked away from the contest having earned a 44.3% FG percentage (43 of 97) and buried 15 of their 44 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Hornets buried 12 of 13 tries for a percentage of 92.3%. When talking about grabbing boards, they compiled 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 27 assists in the game as well as forcing 22 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In regard to defending, Charlotte allowed the other team to go 43.5% from the field on 37 out of 85 shooting. Oklahoma City recorded 29 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. In addition, Oklahoma City pulled down 46 rebounds (11 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Oklahoma City ended up shooting 70.6% from the charity stripe by burying 12 of 17 tries. They also converted 16 of their 41 attempts from long range.
Jalen McDaniels is one guy who came through for the matchup. He walked away with 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting. He played for 31:51 minutes played and snagged 6 boards. McDaniels finished the contest at 64.3% from the floor and also distributed 3 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Hornets was Terry Rozier. He snagged 2 rebounds in 39:45 minutes played. He ended up going 36.8% from the field for this game by connecting on 7-of-19 (17 points). When the time ran out, Rozier had accumulated 5 assists.
Charlotte will play this contest with a mark of 26-24 on the season. They turn it over 15.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.1 personal fouls per game. As a team, Charlotte is pulling in 44.1 boards per game and is sitting with 1,334 dimes for the campaign, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Hornets are shooting 37.9% on shots from beyond the arc (691 of 1,822) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 110.8 points per outing (20th in the league) while connecting on 45.8% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Hornets are forcing their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.9 fouls. The Hornets are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.7% (755 of 945) and they surrender 44.9 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 30th in the league in allowing assists with 1,385 surrendered for the campaign. They surrender 36.5% from beyond the arc and they are 16th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.7).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks went home defeated by a final of 122-121 when they played the Golden State Warriors. The Bucks were able to corral 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while getting 7 steals in this matchup. The Warriors had 18 personal fouls for this game which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of them for a percentage of 86.4%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Milwaukee converted 14 of 32 tries (43.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Bucks walked away from this one shooting 44 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2%. The Bucks allowed the Warriors to convert 46 out of their 96 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.9% for the matchup. They shot 37.5% from downtown by connecting on 15 out of 40 and ended up shooting 15 out of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Milwaukee permitted Golden State to grab 42 in total (12 on the offensive glass).
Jrue Holiday was important for the Bucks in the game. He knocked down 11 out of 18 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.1%, and earned 3 rebounds. Holiday earned 29 points in his 33:59 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 5 assists for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He ended up with 7 assists in his 37:22 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 10 of 19 from the floor. Middleton ended the game having shot 52.6% from the field in addition to notching 28 points and 2 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a mark of 32-18 so far this year. Milwaukee has accumulated 5,963 pts on the campaign (119.3 per contest) and they grab 47.9 rebounds per game. The Bucks are responsible for committing 17.1 personal fouls per contest and they hit 75.6% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bucks are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are getting an assist 25.7 times per contest (12th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per contest. The Bucks defensively are ranked 19th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 113.0. They relinquish 25.1 assists and 43.2 rebounds every game, which is ranked 19th and 12th in the NBA. The Milwaukee defense surrenders 37.6% on 3-point shots (730 of 1,940) and their opposition makes 79.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 13.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the field (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-5.5)
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