Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 4/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-12)
The Milwaukee Bucks (38-23) travel to Toyota Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Houston Rockets (15-47). Milwaukee opens this matchup as 12-point favorites. The O/U opens at 233.5.
The Milwaukee Bucks stepped onto the hardwood against the Charlotte Hornets and walked away with a win by a score of 114-104 in their last contest. Milwaukee finished with a 50.5% field goal percentage (47 of 93) and made 9 out of their 35 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Bucks made 11 of their 14 tries for a rate of 78.6%. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected a total of 48 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 28 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and earning 13 steals. In the matter of defending, Milwaukee allowed the other team to shoot 46.3% from the field on 38 of 82 shooting. Charlotte distributed 26 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. Additionally, Charlotte pulled down 38 rebounds (7 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Charlotte shot 69.6% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 23 shots. They converted 12 of their 35 tries from downtown.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a guy who came through in this contest. He racked up 29 points on 11 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 37:28 minutes and grabbed 12 boards. Antetokounmpo finished the contest at 57.9% from the floor and also earned 8 assists. One more player that was a major factor in the game for the Bucks was Brook Lopez. He had 4 rebounds in his 26:43 minutes played on the night. He finished 75.0% from the floor for the game by shooting 9-of-12 (22 points). In all, Lopez earned 2 assists.
Milwaukee will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 38-23 this year. The Bucks are shooting 39.2% on 3-point shots (890 of 2,272) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 119.2 points per outing (1st in the league) while shooting 48.6% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.1 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.2 fouls every game. As a unit, Milwaukee is pulling down 48.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,562 dimes for the year, which is 12th in basketball in terms of passing. On defense, the Bucks are able to force 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.1 fouls. They rank 17th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,529 surrendered for the year. The Bucks defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.4% (807 of 1,103) and they surrender 43.2 boards per contest as a team. They are giving up 37.3% on 3-pointers and they rank 20th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (112.8).
When they last played, the Houston Rockets took a loss by a score of 114-107 when they played the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rockets pulled down 37 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 45 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 17 times, while recording 9 steals for this game. The Timberwolves earned 20 fouls in the game which took the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.7%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Houston buried 7 of 31 tries (22.6%). Overall, the Rockets finished shooting 42 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.8%. The Rockets allowed the Timberwolves to convert 45 of their 93 tries from the field which had them sitting at 48.4% in this contest. They finished 26.3% from three-point range by going 10 of 38 and finished the contest at 14 of 25 at the free throw line (56.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Houston permitted Minnesota to collect 48 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Kelly Olynyk was important for the Rockets for this contest. He knocked down 12 out of 17 for this contest for a field goal rate of 70.6%, and had 9 rebounds. Olynyk had 28 points in his 32:46 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that was important for Houston was Christian Wood. He walked away with 5 assists in his 37:54 mins on the court, and he put in 9 out of 16 from the floor. Wood finished going 56.3% from the field as well as notching 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Houston has a win-loss mark of 15-47 so far this season. The Rockets commit 19.5 fouls per game while shooting 74.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.1 times per contest (25th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per contest. Houston has totaled 6,674 points for the season (107.6 per game) and they pull in 42.5 boards per contest. As an offense, the Rockets are hitting on 44.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 29th in the NBA. The Rockets on the defensive end are ranked 27th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 115.0. They are forcing their opponents into 14.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the field (23rd in the NBA). The Houston defense gives up 37.8% on shots from 3-point land (822 of 2,177) and opponents are making 77.8% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 25.3 dimes and 47.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 19th and 30th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-12)
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