New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 7/27/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 7/27/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)

NBA Basketball: Monday, July 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (The Arena)

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The New Orleans Pelicans and the Milwaukee Bucks meet Monday in NBA action from the Arena. 

The Pelicans enter the NBA restart at 28-36 overall this season. That leaves New Orleans in the number 10 seed in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the eighth-place Grizzlies. As for the Bucks, they’re 53-12 overall this year. Milwaukee owns the number one seed in the East, 6.5 games ahead of the Raptors. Check back all season long for free NBA picks and NBA predictions at Pick Dawgz. 

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New Orleans is a trendy pick to climb into a playoff spot during the NBA restart, as the team has had time to get healthy over the past few months. Zion Williamson has returned to the Orlando bubble following a family emergency, and he should be ready to go by the time the actual games commence. With a healthy Williamson back on the court, the sky’s the limit for the Pelicans. 

New Orleans has a couple of scrimmage games under their belts so far, and won both. The latest came Saturday 119-104 versus an injury-depleted Nuggets team. The Pelicans posted some very nice team stats during that matchup, including 36 assists out of 42 baskets, 10-of-20 3-point shooting in the first half and 90 points by the New Orleans bench. 

Over on the Bucks’ side, they’re certainly in control out East. Milwaukee owns that No. 1 seed by a likely-insurmountable 6.5 games, and are a common pick to take the NBA title this season. With a healthy Giannis Antetokounmpo on board, it’s going to be very difficult to beat the Bucks in any capacity. 

After shaking the rust off in a Thursday matchup versus the Spurs, Milwaukee looked better in their second scrimmage matchup Saturday against the Kings. The Bucks won that matchup 131-123 and led by as many as 23 points in the second quarter. Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton rested the entire second half after 15 minutes apiece, and the rest of the team finished the job. 

The Pelicans are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 after an ATS win. New Orleans is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Monday games and 23-10-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall. 

Meanwhile, Milwaukee is 6-0 ATS in their last six home games and 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games versus a team with a losing straight-up record. The Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last six Monday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. 

Pick: Going Bucks. If Williamson had already cleared protocols and was ready to hit the court again I might rethink this one, but I don’t think anyone is going to stop Milwaukee. I expect the big names to get sufficient rest here similar to the Saturday game, but guys like Antetokounmpo should see more court time in the scrimmage finale. With Giannis on the court, it’ll be tough for anyone to match up with the Bucks. 

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Andrew’s Pick Milwaukee Bucks -5.5

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