New Orleans Pelicans at Milwaukee Bucks - 1/1/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

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Milwaukee Bucks (24-13) vs New Orleans Pelicans (13-22)

Game Info: Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm (Fiserv Forum)

Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on Saturday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in great shape lately as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after sneaking past the Cavaliers in a 108-104 home win on Tuesday. Herbert Jones led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks on 10 of 18 shooting, Devonte Graham added 18 points, Garrett Temple scored 17 points while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and 16 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and scored just 20 points in the first quarter to trail by as many as 23 points, but they clawed their way back into the contest and closed the game on a 25-9 run in the final 7:02 to escape with the unlikely victory.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in great shape as they’ve won eight of their past 11 games and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after routing the Magic in a 136-118 road win on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 33 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Jrue Holiday added 25 points with seven assists on eight of 11 shooting while Khris Middleton chipped in with 22 points and six assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 49 percent from the field and 13 of 33 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 32 points in the first quarter to take the early lead, before exploding for 40 points in the fourth quarter to make it a blowout in the end.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bucks are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the over is 24-9 in the last 33 meetings overall, the Pelicans are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and the Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

The Pelicans are coming into this game with plenty of momentum, but they will be shorthanded in this one as Jonas Valanciunas has been ruled out while Brandon Ingram is listed as questionable. The Bucks are almost at full strength as the only notable missing player being Khris Middleton who has been ruled out. These two teams last met on Dec 17 and it was the Pelicans who prevailed in a double-overtime win, but the Bucks were missing almost their entire starting lineup. With that being said, I think the Bucks get their revenge in this spot.

 

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Peter’s Pick Milwaukee -11.5

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