Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 4/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Bally Sports WI
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+1)
The Milwaukee Bucks (32-18) head to American Airlines Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Dallas Mavericks (28-21). The line on this game has Dallas as 1-point favorites. The O/U opens at 223.
The Milwaukee Bucks played the Golden State Warriors and went home with a loss by a final score of 122-121 in their last contest. Milwaukee ended with a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 out of 86) and knocked down 14 of 32 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Bucks knocked down 19 of 22 attempts for a percentage of 86.4%. Regarding hauling in boards, they earned 40 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 25 dimes in the matchup as well as creating 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In terms of defending, Milwaukee allowed the other team to shoot 47.9% from the floor on 46 of 96 shooting. Golden State earned 28 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, Golden State pulled down 42 boards (12 offensive, 30 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Golden State walked away from this one shooting 88.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of 17 attempts. They buried 15 of 40 tries from downtown.
Jrue Holiday is one guy who was important for this contest. He left the arena with 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He played 33:59 mins and also totaled 3 rebounds. Holiday finished the contest at 61.1% from the field and recorded 5 dimes. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Bucks was Khris Middleton. He totaled 2 rebounds in 37:22 minutes played. He finished 52.6% from the field for this game via 10-of-19 (28 points). When the final whistle blew, Middleton earned 7 assists.
Milwaukee will enter this matchup with a record of 32-18 for the year. They currently have an average of 119.3 points per game (1st in the league) while hitting 48.8% from the floor. The Bucks are connecting on 39.3% on three-point attempts (728 of 1,854) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Milwaukee is collecting 47.9 boards per contest and has 1,285 dimes so far this year, which ranks 11th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per game and as a squad they are committing 17.1 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Bucks are forcing 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are conceding 37.6% on shots from distance and they rank 19th in the league in points per game from their opponents (113.0). The Bucks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 45.4% (658 of 916) and they concede 43.2 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 18th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,257 surrendered on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Dallas Mavericks got the victory with a final of 111-103 against the Utah Jazz. The Mavericks recorded 34 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 in this matchup. They turned it over 9 times, while recording 2 steals in the matchup. The Jazz were called for 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Mavericks to the charity stripe for 8 tries. They were able to knock down 6 of the free throws for a clip of 75.0%. With regard to 3-pointers, Dallas buried 23 of 49 attempts (46.9%). When the game finished, the Mavericks shot 41 for 91 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.1%. The Mavericks allowed the Jazz to convert 37 out of 88 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.0% for this contest. They shot 27.3% from distance by going 12 out of 44 and ended up shooting 17 out of 22 from the free throw line (77.3%). With respect to attacking the glass, Dallas permitted Utah to snag 48 in all (14 offensive).
Luka Doncic ended up being important for the Mavericks for the matchup. He knocked down 11 of 26 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 42.3%, and totaled 9 rebounds. Doncic totaled 31 points in his 35:53 minutes on the court and had 8 assists in this matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Dallas was Dorian Finney-Smith. He left the arena with 4 dimes in his 34:24 minutes played, and he shot 8 out of 17 from the floor. Finney-Smith finished going 47.1% from the field while earning 23 points and 6 rebounds.
Dallas has a mark of 28-21 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Mavericks are shooting 47.0% from the field, which is 11th in the league. Dallas has accumulated 5,479 pts this season (111.8 per game) and they grab 43.4 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 22.5 times per contest (27th in the league) and they cough up possession 12.1 times per contest. The Mavericks commit 19.6 personal fouls per game and they go 77.7% from the free throw line. The Mavericks on defense are ranked 8th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 109.7. The Dallas defense allows 36.1% on 3-point shots (646 of 1,790) and their opponents are connecting on 76.3% of their foul shots. They have conceded 22.3 assists and 44.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 3rd and 18th in the NBA. They have forced 12.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (7th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Dallas (-1) and over 223 points
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