Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+1.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (15-8) head to Ball Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Denver Nuggets (12-10). The spread on this contest has Denver as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 227.
The Milwaukee Bucks took the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers and took home the win by a score of 124-99 in their last contest. Milwaukee wrapped up the game with a 54.7% field goal percentage (47 out of 86) and buried 16 out of their 34 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Bucks converted 14 of 23 tries for a percentage of 60.9%. Regarding grabbing boards, they compiled 43 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 assists in this game as well as getting 10 steals and 2 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Milwaukee allowed the other team to go 45.3% from the floor on 39 of 86 shooting. Cleveland distributed 21 dimes and had 4 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Cavaliers pulled down 40 boards (8 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Cleveland walked away from this one shooting 71.4% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 21 attempts. They buried 6 of 28 shots from three-point range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a guy who was a major factor in this game. He ended up with 24 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 31:49 minutes played and also pulled down 11 boards. Antetokounmpo finished 53.3% from the floor and also earned 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the Bucks was Khris Middleton. He grabbed 2 boards and collected 4 assists. He ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor for the game via 8-of-13 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Middleton was on the hardwood for 29:23 minutes.
Milwaukee enters this one with a win-loss mark of 15-8 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 121.2 points per contest (2nd in the league) while going 49.3% from the floor. The Bucks are shooting 40.1% on shots from beyond the arc (354 of 883) and 72.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Milwaukee is collecting 48.8 rebounds per game and has earned 626 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.8 personal fouls per contest. On defense, the Bucks are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Bucks defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.0% (306 of 420) and they concede 42.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 13th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 554 relinquished this season. They are giving up 38.2% on 3-point shots and they are 13th in the league in PPG allowed (111.3).
In their last game, the Denver Nuggets took a loss by a final score of 119-114 when they played the Sacramento Kings. The Nuggets were able to pull down 34 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for this contest. They also rejected 9 tries while getting 3 steals in the game. The Kings earned 11 personal fouls for the game which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throws for a clip of 78.6%. When talking about shooting from distance, Denver converted 13 of their 35 attempts (37.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Nuggets ended up shooting 45 out of 97 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.4%. The Nuggets allowed the Kings to knock down 44 of their 91 tries from the floor which left them shooting 48.4% for the game. They shot 40.0% from 3-point land by going 14 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 24 at the free throw line (70.8%). In reference to attacking the glass, Denver permitted Sacramento to grab 45 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Nikola Jokić pitched in for the Nuggets for the matchup. He converted 20 of 33 in this matchup giving him a rate of 60.6%, which had him finishing with 50 points. Jokić had 8 boards in his 41:24 mins of time on the hardwood and added 12 dimes in this game. Someone else that was important for Denver was Paul Millsap. He ended up walking away with 14 points in his 22:11 mins on the court via 5 of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Millsap ended up shooting 62.5% from the floor in addition to collecting 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss record of 12-10 so far this season. The Nuggets are responsible for committing 20.2 personal fouls per game and they go 77.1% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 26.9 times per game (6th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per game. Denver has tallied 2,539 pts on the campaign (115.4 per contest) and they pull in 45.0 boards per game. As an offense, the Nuggets are shooting 47.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 8th in the league. The Nuggets on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.1. They have forced 15.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.7% from the floor (26th in basketball). The Denver defense surrenders 37.5% from downtown (293 of 781) and their opponents are converting on 76.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 26.9 dimes and 41.0 boards per game, which has them ranked 28th and 2nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (+1.5)
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