Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/26/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+5)
The Phoenix Suns are en route to Fiserv Forum on Sunday where they will compete against the Milwaukee Bucks. Phoenix opens this matchup as 5-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Suns faced off with the Thunder and went home with a win by a final score of 124-115 in their last contest. In the matter of personal fouls, the Suns walked away with 22 while the Thunder recorded 21 personal fouls. They also converted 15 of 37 tries from three-point range. Oklahoma City finished shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 18 of 24 attempts. Furthermore, Oklahoma City collected 47 rebounds (14 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Oklahoma City totaled 27 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. In relation to defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 43.6% from the floor on 41 out of 94 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected 54 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Suns made 26 of 32 attempts for a percentage of 81.3%. Phoenix ended having earned a 46.7% field goal percentage (42 out of 90) and made 14 of their 38 3-point shots.
Devin Booker is someone who was a major factor in this matchup. He ended up scoring 25 points on 9 of 21 shooting. He played for 36 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. Booker finished the game shooting 42.9% from the floor and distributed 8 assists.
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Phoenix will enter this game with a win-loss record of 33-28 so far this season. They average 112.9 points per contest (22nd in the league) while connecting on 46.5% from the field. The Suns are shooting 37.8% on 3-pointers (753 of 1,991) and 79.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Phoenix is grabbing 44.1 boards per game and has racked up 1,655 assists on the campaign, which ranks 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest and as a group they are committing 21.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Suns are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game while drawing 20.3 personal fouls. They are conceding 36.0% from 3-point land while they are 4th in the league in points per game from their opponents (111.4). The Suns defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.7% (2,444 of 5,236) and they surrender 43.0 boards per contest as a team. They are 6th in the league in allowing assists with 1,440 conceded so far this year.
In their last game, the Bucks got the victory with a final of 128-99 when they faced the Heat. The Bucks were able to pull down 47 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 57 in the matchup. They turned it over 10 times, while recording 6 steals in this game. The Heat committed 17 personal fouls for the game which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.9%. In regard to shooting from distance, Milwaukee converted 19 of 46 attempts (41.3%). Overall, the Bucks finished shooting 47 out of 98 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.0%. The Bucks allowed the Heat to knock down 36 of their 92 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 39.1% in this contest. They went 22.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 out of 40 and ended up shooting 18 of 25 at the charity stripe (72.0%). When discussing rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Miami to snag 45 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Jrue Holiday ended up being a factor for the Bucks in this matchup. Holiday had 24 points in his 29 mins on the court and had 7 assists for the matchup. He converted 9 out of 14 in this matchup for a rate of 64.3%, and added 5 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a mark of 42-17 on the year. The Bucks are committing 18.4 fouls every game and they connect on 73.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 24.8 times per game (18th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.9 times per contest. Milwaukee has accumulated 6,788 points so far this season (115.1 per contest) and they collect 49.3 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Bucks are shooting 46.4% from the field, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA.
The Milwaukee defense surrenders 34.3% on shots from distance (680 of 1,981) and opponents are making 77.7% of their free throw shots. They surrender 22.8 assists and 44.1 boards on a nightly basis, which is 1st and 21st in the league. The Bucks on the defensive end are ranked 5th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.4. They are forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (2nd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix (+5)
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