Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 4/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Blazers
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-5)
The Portland Blazers (29-18) play the Milwaukee Bucks (30-17) at Moda Center on Friday. Portland opens this contest as 5-point underdogs. The total opens at 239.
The Milwaukee Bucks faced off with the Los Angeles Lakers and took home the win by a score of 112-97 in their last game. Milwaukee wrapped up the game with a 53.2% field goal percentage (42 out of 79) and made 14 out of their 26 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bucks made 14 of their 18 tries for a rate of 77.8%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 42 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 23 assists for the contest in addition to creating 22 turnovers and earning 13 steals. Concerning defending, Milwaukee allowed the other team to shoot 40.2% from the field on 35 of 87 shooting. Los Angeles earned 22 assists and had 9 steals in this game. Additionally, Los Angeles snagged 40 rebounds (11 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 8 blocked shots. Los Angeles finished the game shooting 77.3% at the charity stripe by converting 17 of 22 attempts. They also buried 10 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Jrue Holiday is one player who came through in the matchup. He was able to score 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 34:12 mins and also pulled down 8 rebounds. Holiday walked away from this one shooting 68.8% from the field and earned 6 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Bucks was Giannis Antetokounmpo. He pulled down 10 rebounds in 35:30 min played on the night. He finished 61.5% from the floor in this contest by going 8-of-13 (25 points). Overall, Antetokounmpo had accumulated 4 assists.
Milwaukee enters this one with a record of 30-17 this year. They lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.3 fouls per contest. As a unit, Milwaukee is snagging 48.1 boards per game and has accounted for 1,204 assists on the year, which has them ranked 12th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Bucks are connecting on 39.4% on shots from beyond the arc (691 of 1,752) and 74.8% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 118.9 pts per contest (2nd in the NBA) while going 48.5% from the field. On the defensive end, the Bucks are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 fouls. They surrender 37.5% on shots from downtown and they are 20th in the league in points per game allowed (112.6). The Bucks defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.5% (621 of 863) and they concede 43.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 19th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,179 conceded so far this season.
In their last game, the Portland Blazers got the victory with a final of 124-101 against the Detroit Pistons. The Blazers were able to snag 37 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in the matchup. They turned the ball over 13 times, while recording 11 steals for the contest. The Pistons committed 26 personal fouls for the game which got the Blazers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to bury 24 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 92.3%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Portland made 16 of their 30 tries (53.3%). Overall, the Blazers shot 42 out of 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2%. The Blazers allowed the Pistons to convert 40 of their 86 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 46.5% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from 3-point land by hitting 9 of 27 and finished the game at 12 of 17 at the free throw line (70.6%). When discussing rebounding, Portland permitted Detroit to collect 36 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Damian Lillard was important for the Blazers in the matchup. He made 9 out of 19 for the matchup for a rate of 47.4%, and had 4 rebounds. Lillard totaled 33 points in his 36:23 minutes on the hardwood and earned 10 assists for the matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Portland was CJ McCollum. He finished with 6 assists in his 35:55 mins on the court, and he converted 8 out of 16 from the floor. McCollum walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while contributing 24 points and 3 rebounds.
Portland has a mark of 29-18 for the campaign. The Blazers commit 19.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 83.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 20.4 times per game (30th in the NBA) and they turn it over 11.4 times per game. Portland has accounted for 5,403 pts for the season (115.0 per contest) and they pull in 43.5 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Blazers are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 25th in the league. The Blazers on the defensive side of the court are 27th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.2. They are forcing 12.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 48.0% from the field (28th in the league). The Portland defense gives up 37.7% on 3-point shots (613 of 1,624) and their opponents are making 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 25.4 assists and 45.7 boards per contest, ranking them 23rd and 22nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-5)
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