Milwaukee Bucks vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 2/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-10)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (10-15) play the Milwaukee Bucks (16-10) at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday. Milwaukee opens this game as 10-point favorites. The O/U opens at 227.
The Milwaukee Bucks faced off with the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a score of 129-115 in their last game. Milwaukee finished having earned a 45.7% FG percentage (42 out of 92) and buried 12 of 33 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Bucks made 19 of their 27 shots for a percentage of 70.4%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 33 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 19 assists in the game while earning 8 steals and 6 blocked shots. With regard to the defense, Milwaukee allowed the other team to go 52.4% from the field on 43 out of 82 shooting. Utah doled out 22 assists and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, the Jazz grabbed 46 rebounds (7 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Utah finished the game at 85.3% at the charity stripe by making 29 of their 34 attempts. They also made 14 of 38 shots from long range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one guy who came through in this game. He ended up finishing with 29 points on 12 out of 20 shooting. He played 38:53 minutes and grabbed 15 rebounds. Antetokounmpo finished 60.0% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this game for the Bucks was Brook Lopez. He grabbed 6 boards and earned 2 assists. He ended up going 44.4% from the field for this game by connecting on 8-of-18 (23 points). When all was said and done, Lopez played for 26:05 min.
Milwaukee heads into this game with a mark of 16-10 this season. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, Milwaukee is collecting 47.8 boards per contest and has accounted for 692 assists so far this season, which is 5th in basketball in terms of passing. The Bucks are shooting 40.1% on 3-pointers (398 of 993) and 73.1% from the charity stripe. They average 121.2 points per outing (1st in the league) while connecting on 49.3% from the field. On defense, the Bucks have forced 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They concede 38.6% on shots from distance and they rank 19th in the league in PPG allowed (112.6). The Bucks defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.5% (343 of 476) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 12th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 623 surrendered this season.
In their last game, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a loss by a final score of 97-95 when they played the Denver Nuggets. The Thunder collected 38 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 49 for the contest. They stuffed 3 shots while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Nuggets were called for 14 fouls for the contest which got the Thunder to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 76.5%. In regard to three-point shots, Oklahoma City converted 10 out of 32 attempts (31.3%). Overall, the Thunder walked away from this one shooting 36 out of 89 from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.4%. The Thunder allowed the Nuggets to convert 40 of their 87 tries from the field which had them shooting 46.0% in this game. They shot 25.0% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 40 and ended up going 7 out of 10 from the charity stripe (70.0%). Concerning rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Denver to get 41 in all (7 offensive).
Hamidou Diallo ended up being important for the Thunder for this game. He made 6 of 15 for the matchup for a rate of 40.0%, which gave him 16 points. Diallo totaled 4 rebounds in his 36:37 mins of time on the hardwood and had 2 assists in this game. One more player that played a role for Oklahoma City was Al Horford. He ended up with 16 points in his 28:09 mins on the court via 6 out of 15 from the floor for the contest. Horford wrapped this one up going 40.0% from the floor as well as earning 4 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss record of 10-15 so far this season. Oklahoma City has totaled 2,684 pts for the year (107.4 per contest) and they average 44.8 rebounds per game. The Thunder have committed 18.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 73.6% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which ranks them 23rd in the league. They are dishing out assists 23.1 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest. The Thunder on defense are ranked 22nd in the NBA in PPG allowed with 113.4. The Oklahoma City defense allows 34.8% from downtown (326 of 936) and their opposition knocks down 76.1% of their free throw shots. They surrender 25.0 dimes and 48.4 boards per contest, which ranks them 19th and 30th in the NBA. They are forcing 13.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the floor (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+10)
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