Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 5/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+12.5)
The Houston Rockets (16-50) travel to Fiserv Forum on Friday where they'll take on the Milwaukee Bucks (42-24). The spread on this game has Milwaukee as 12.5-point favorites. The total opens at 231.
The Houston Rockets took the court against the Philadelphia 76ers and went home with a loss by a final score of 135-115 in their last game. Houston walked away from the game with a 45.2% field goal percentage (42 out of 93) and knocked down 17 out of their 45 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rockets buried 14 of their 18 shots for a rate of 77.8%. With regard to grabbing boards, they collected 38 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 28 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. Pertaining to defense, Houston allowed 53.2% from the floor on 50 of 94 shooting. Philadelphia earned 26 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Additionally, Philadelphia collected 47 rebounds (11 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Philadelphia finished 90.9% at the charity stripe by knocking down 20 of their 22 tries. They also converted 15 out of their 35 attempts from downtown.
Kelly Olynyk is a guy who was a major factor for this contest. He recorded 27 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 39:29 minutes and also grabbed 11 boards. Olynyk finished 56.3% from the field and also totaled 8 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Rockets was Kenyon Martin Jr.. He pulled down 10 rebounds in 44:26 min played. He went 58.8% from the field for the contest by going 10-of-17 (23 points). When the final whistle blew, Martin accounted for 6 assists.
Houston heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 16-50 on the year. The Rockets are hitting 33.4% on shots from beyond the arc (881 of 2,639) and 73.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 107.8 points per contest (24th in basketball) while shooting 44.1% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 14.8 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Houston is pulling in 42.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,520 assists for the season, which has them ranked 25th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Rockets have forced 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 19.6 personal fouls. They give up 38.1% on 3-point shots and they rank 27th in basketball in opponents points per game (115.7). The Rockets defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.5% (973 of 1,292) and they concede 47.7 boards per game as a squad. They rank 21st in basketball in allowing assists with 1,678 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks went home victorious with a score of 135-134 against the Washington Wizards. The Bucks earned 35 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 19 times, while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Wizards were called for 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of those for a clip of 75.0%. Regarding three-point attempts, Milwaukee knocked down 18 of 37 attempts (48.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Bucks shot 48 out of 89 from the field which had them shooting 53.9%. The Bucks permitted the Wizards to make 47 out of 96 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 49.0% for the game. They finished 36.4% from three-point range by connecting on 8 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 32 out of 43 at the free throw line (74.4%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee permitted Washington to snag 43 overall (11 on the offensive side).
Jrue Holiday was important for the Bucks for this game. He buried 10 of 20 in the game for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and earned 5 rebounds. Holiday scored 29 points in his 31:35 minutes on the hardwood and added 6 assists in this contest. One more player that was important for Milwaukee was Giannis Antetokounmpo. He walked away with 8 assists in his 29:40 mins on the court, and he put in 8 of 15 from the floor. Antetokounmpo walked away from this one going 53.3% from the floor while also totaling 23 points and 9 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 42-24 for the year. Milwaukee has scored 7,893 points for the year (119.6 per contest) and they pull in 48.1 boards per contest. The Bucks commit 17.6 personal fouls per game and they connect on 75.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are connecting on 48.6% from the field, which ranks them 3rd in the league. They are assisting teammates 25.5 times per game (11th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest. The Bucks on defense are ranked 21st in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 113.4. They allow 24.9 assists and 43.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 16th and 13th in the league. The Milwaukee defense allows 37.7% on shots from distance (959 of 2,542) and their opponents are knocking down 78.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 13.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+12.5)
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