Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Fiserv Forum. It’s a match-up between two teams who have lost 3 of their last 4 games as the Bucks host the Blazers tonight. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
After the ladder controversy following the loss in Philadelphia, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks return home where they are 8-1 on the season. There’s still no word on Jrue Holiday who has missed the last couple of games due to injury, Milwaukee is really missing his playmaking.
Joining him on the sidelines are Wesley Matthews, Joe Ingles, Pat Connaughton and Khris Middleton, which just shows how good of a player Giannis is leading his team to a 11-4 record with so many players out. Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in their last 5 vs Western Conference teams, they’ve also covered the spread in 10 of their 15 games played this season.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland has injury worries of their own with Damian Lillard reportedly injuring his calf which could force him to miss a couple of games. He is officially listed as doubtful here, the team issued a press release saying they won’t force him to play until he is fully recovered. Without him Portland just isn’t the same team, even if they are 3-2 SU in their 5 games without him this season. Jerami Grant is likely to take a bigger role on offense, while Anfernee Hardaway now becomes the leading scorer of this group. Bettors have enjoyed Portland’s road form this season as they are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 away from home. However, we also need to mention their 1-6 SU record in the last 7 meetings with the Bucks.
Both teams are missing key players, I think the impact of Lillard is much greater on the Blazers than Holiday’s on the Bucks. The spread has been set at 9 points here, although I think Milwaukee wins here, I believe that is a bit too much. Portland should keep this one close, so let’s try our luck by backing the road team to cover here.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions & Odds
With Lillard out of the equation Portland is averaging just 105.4 games played, so we might be looking at a low scoring game here. Their last 13 of 20 games have gone under the total, that’s primarily because of their improvements on the defensive end this season. Milwaukee also fancies an under, especially when Holiday isn’t playing.
Their last 8 of 10 games have all gone under the total, while at home they are just 4-5 on the O/U this season. The Blazers have gone over the total just twice in 8 road games, which isn’t all that surprising considering they rank only 28th in pace of play averaging 99.5 possessions per game. Milwaukee is somewhere in the middle of the pack with 102.1 per game, taking everything into account I think our best chance of landing the bet is to go with the under in this one.