Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 3/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (+7)
The Milwaukee Bucks (21-13) play the Denver Nuggets (18-15) at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday. The odds on this game have Milwaukee as 7-point favorites. The O/U is set at 235.5.
The Denver Nuggets faced off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and notched a win by a score of 126-96 in their last game. Denver ended having earned a 55.1% FG percentage (49 out of 89) and converted 15 of their 31 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 13 of their 16 tries for a rate of 81.3%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 49 with 6 of them being offensive. They also distributed 30 assists in this matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 6 steals. With regard to defense, Denver let their opponent shoot 42.0% from the floor on 37 out of 88 shooting. Oklahoma City doled out 24 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. On top of that, Oklahoma City collected 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Oklahoma City ended up shooting 73.3% when shooting free throws by making 11 of 15 shots. They also converted 11 out of their 47 attempts from distance.
Jamal Murray is someone who was a major factor in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 26 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 30:48 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. Murray finished the game shooting 60.0% from the field and also distributed 5 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Nuggets was Michael Porter Jr.. He pulled down 10 rebounds in his 27:54 min played. He ended up shooting 63.6% from the field in this game by going 7-of-11 (20 points). Overall, Porter wasn't able to notch an assist.
Denver comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 18-15 on the campaign. The Nuggets are shooting 38.7% on 3-point shots (446 of 1,153) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.5 points per outing (4th in the league) while shooting 48.2% from the field. They cough up possession 13.6 times per game and as a team are committing 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Denver is collecting 43.6 boards per game and is sitting with 872 dimes so far this season, which is 10th in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Nuggets are able to force 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.5 personal fouls. The Nuggets defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.2% (480 of 678) and they relinquish 42.1 rebounds per game as a team. They are ranked 25th in the league in giving up assists with 879 relinquished for the season. They give up 35.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 11th in the league in points per game allowed (111.2).
When they last stepped on the court, the Milwaukee Bucks got the win with a final of 105-100 when they faced the Los Angeles Clippers. The Bucks were able to pull down 40 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 48 for this game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 7 steals for the matchup. The Clippers committed 19 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.3%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Milwaukee knocked down 12 of their 38 attempts (31.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bucks shot 38 for 85 from the field which had them at 44.7%. The Bucks permitted the Clippers to convert 40 of 97 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.2% for the contest. They went 31.8% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 14 of 44 and finished the contest at 6 out of 7 at the charity stripe (85.7%). Concerning team rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Los Angeles to get 49 in all (13 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up having an impact for the Bucks in this game. He converted 15 out of 27 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 55.6%, and accounted for 14 rebounds. Antetokounmpo earned 36 points in his 39:55 minutes on the hardwood and added 5 assists for the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He walked away with 8 dimes in 32:47 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 6 out of 14 from the floor. Middleton ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor in addition to contributing 19 points and 6 boards.
Milwaukee has a mark of 21-13 for the campaign. The Bucks commit 17.9 personal fouls per game while shooting 73.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.0 times per contest (10th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game. Milwaukee has 4,068 pts on the year (119.6 per contest) and they pull in 48.3 boards per contest. As an offense, the Bucks are shooting 48.8% from the floor, which is 2nd in the league. The Bucks defensively are ranked 16th in the NBA in points given up per game with 112.1. The Milwaukee defense allows 37.8% on 3-point shots (489 of 1,295) and their opponents are converting on 77.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 24.8 dimes and 43.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 16th and 11th in basketball. They are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (8th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-7)
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