Oklahoma City Thunder vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+10.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (16-12) play the Oklahoma City Thunder (11-17) at Fiserv Forum on Friday. Milwaukee opens this game as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 231.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took the court against the Memphis Grizzlies and took a loss by a final of 122-113 in their last contest. Oklahoma City walked away from the contest having earned a 44.9% FG percentage (35 out of 78) and buried 19 of their 41 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Thunder buried 24 of 28 shots for a percentage of 85.7%. In relation to getting rebounds, they collected 39 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 25 assists in this contest while having 5 steals and 3 blocks. In terms of defending, Oklahoma City let their opponent shoot 50.6% from the floor on 42 out of 83 shooting. Memphis doled out 31 dimes and had 14 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Grizzlies snagged 44 rebounds (7 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Memphis finished the game shooting 78.8% at the free throw line by burying 26 of 33 attempts. They also converted 12 of their 26 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a guy who came through for the matchup. He accumulated 22 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 32:38 mins and also collected 3 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander walked away from this one shooting 42.9% from the field and also distributed 6 dimes. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Thunder was Darius Bazley. He totaled 7 rebounds and accumulated 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 7-of-14 (18 points). When this game wrapped up, Bazley was on the hardwood for 31:54 min.
Oklahoma City steps onto the court with a record of 11-17 on the campaign. They turn it over 14.6 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.1 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Oklahoma City is collecting 44.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 658 assists so far this season, which is 23rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are shooting 34.3% from downtown (360 of 1,049) and 73.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 107.7 pts per contest (26th in basketball) while connecting on 44.9% from the floor. On defense, the Thunder are able to force 13.3 turnovers every game while drawing 18.6 fouls. The Thunder are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.3% (372 of 522) and they relinquish 48.4 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 17th in the league in allowing assists with 706 surrendered on the season. They give up 35.4% on three-point shots while they are 22nd in the league in points per game allowed (113.6).
The last time they took the court, the Milwaukee Bucks went home defeated by a final of 124-113 when they faced the Toronto Raptors. The Bucks earned 36 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 41 for this game. They rejected 5 tries while getting 10 steals in the game. The Raptors had 18 fouls in this game which took the Bucks to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of them for a percentage of 76.0%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Milwaukee buried 14 of their 37 tries (37.8%). When the game finished, the Bucks walked away from this one shooting 40 for 83 from the field which had them sitting at 48.2%. The Bucks allowed the Raptors to knock down 46 of 91 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 50.5% in this game. They went 39.5% from three-point range by going 17 out of 43 and ended up shooting 15 out of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%). In regard to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee allowed Toronto to snag 44 overall (8 offensive).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks in this contest. He made 11 out of 20 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 55.0%, which gave him 34 points. Antetokounmpo collected 10 rebounds in his 37:17 mins of playing time and accumulated 8 dimes for the game. Another guy that was important for Milwaukee was Donte DiVincenzo. He ended up scoring 12 points in 31:57 minutes played via 5 out of 14 from the floor for the contest. DiVincenzo wrapped this one up going 35.7% from the field in addition to earning 8 dimes and 3 boards.
Milwaukee has a record of 16-12 this year. Milwaukee has accounted for 3,373 pts on the campaign (120.5 per contest) and they collect 47.6 boards per game. The Bucks commit 18.2 fouls every game and they shoot 73.2% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Bucks are connecting on 49.1% from the field, which has them ranked 2nd in basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 26.5 times per game (7th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.8 times per game. The Bucks on the defensive end are ranked 21st in the NBA in points allowed per game with 113.0. They are forcing 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.7% from the floor (9th in basketball). The Milwaukee defense concedes 38.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (407 of 1,050) and opponents are converting on 77.6% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 24.3 dimes and 43.0 boards per contest, ranking them 13th and 10th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-10.5)
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