New Orleans Pelicans vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+9)
The Milwaukee Bucks (19-13) play the New Orleans Pelicans (13-17) at Fiserv Forum on Thursday. New Orleans opens this matchup as 9-point dogs. The total opens at 239.
The New Orleans Pelicans stepped onto the hardwood against the Boston Celtics and walked away with a win by a score of 120-115 in their last contest. New Orleans finished the game with a 44.7% FG percentage (42 out of 94) and made 11 out of their 36 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 25 of 37 attempts for a rate of 67.6%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 52 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 22 dimes in this contest in addition to earning 5 steals and 7 blocks. Concerning defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to go 39.8% from the field on 39 of 98 shooting. Boston dished out 22 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Celtics snagged 49 rebounds (11 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 11 blocks. Boston finished shooting 79.4% when shooting free throws by burying 27 of 34 attempts. They also knocked down 10 out of their 37 attempts from 3-point land.
Brandon Ingram is one player who was a contributor for the game. He had 33 points on 11 out of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 42:32 minutes and also totaled 6 boards. Ingram ended up shooting 50.0% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the matchup for the Pelicans was Zion Williamson. He grabbed 10 rebounds in his 39:48 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 52.4% from the field for this game by shooting 11-of-21 (28 points). Overall, Williamson had accumulated 4 assists.
New Orleans steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 13-17 on the campaign. They cough up possession 14.4 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.7 fouls per contest. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 46.1 rebounds per contest and has totaled 747 assists on the campaign, which is 17th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pelicans are hitting 36.5% on 3-pointers (357 of 979) and 73.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 114.8 pts per contest (7th in the NBA) while shooting 48.1% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Pelicans are able to force 13.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.1 personal fouls. They surrender 39.5% on shots from downtown and they are 25th in the NBA in opponents PPG (115.1). The Pelicans are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.1% (405 of 633) and they relinquish 40.7 boards per game as a squad. They rank 28th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 839 conceded for the season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks went home victorious with a score of 139-112 when they played the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Bucks collected 43 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 in the matchup. They also stuffed 5 attempts while earning 11 steals in this game. The Timberwolves committed 16 fouls in this contest which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a percentage of 72.2%. In terms of 3-point shots, Milwaukee made 20 out of 42 attempts (47.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Bucks finished shooting 53 for 99 from the field which had them shooting 53.5%. The Bucks allowed the Timberwolves to knock down 42 out of their 98 tries from the field which had them sitting at 42.9% in the game. They finished 35.2% from beyond the perimeter by going 19 of 54 and finished the contest at 9 of 9 from the charity stripe (100.0%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee permitted Minnesota to pull down 43 in total (7 offensive).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks for this game. He buried 13 of 18 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 72.2%, and had 8 rebounds. Antetokounmpo earned 37 points in his 29:09 mins on the court and accounted for 8 assists for the contest. Another guy that was important for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He finished this one with 4 dimes in his 33:34 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 19 from the floor. Middleton walked away from this one going 31.6% from the floor as well as earning 15 points and 7 total rebounds.
Milwaukee has a win-loss mark of 19-13 this year. The Bucks commit 18.2 fouls per contest and they shoot 73.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.3 times per game (8th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.7 times per contest. Milwaukee has 3,834 pts so far this season (119.8 per game) and they grab 48.5 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Bucks are shooting 48.8% from the field, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 18th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.1. They are forcing 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (8th in the league). The Milwaukee defense allows 38.1% on shots from distance (462 of 1,212) and opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 24.7 assists and 42.9 total boards per game, which ranks them 13th and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-9)
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