Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks - 8/18/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
Photo by Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Orlando Magic (33-40) at Milwaukee Bucks (56-17)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Where to Watch: TNT Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now!
The Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks meet Tuesday in game one of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Orlando Magic enter the playoffs losing five of their last six games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 107.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks enter the playoffs losing eight of their last 11 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 118.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 108.6 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.9 points and 6.2 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.7 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Bucks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 playoff games as a favorite and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 19-6-1 in Magic last 26 overall. The over is 4-1 in Bucks last 5 games as a favorite. The Magic are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Orlando Magic are expected to be as close to fully healthy as they've been in a while, as Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross were both practicing with the team. The Milwaukee Bucks don't head into the playoffs playing winning basketball, and they're just 15-18 ATS this season as double-digit favorites. No matter what you think of the Magic, this will be just the fourth time this season they've been double-digit underdogs. The Magic are 5-3-1 ATS in their last nine games as double-digit underdogs. The last time the Bucks were double-digit favorites? They lost outright to the Nets.
This just feels like a ton of points to lay in a playoff game. Give me the points.