Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets - 3/31/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Brooklyn Nets (40-36) vs Milwaukee Bucks (47-28)
Game Info: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks invade the Barclays Center to battle the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been in great shape as they’ve won 11 of their last 14 games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after sneaking past the 76ers in a 118-116 road win on Tuesday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 40 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, Khris Middleton added 22 points with nine rebounds and seven assists while Jrue Holiday tallied 18 points with eight rebounds and 10 assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled in the first half and trailed by 14 points, but they hung in the contest and used a pivotal 27-11 run in the fourth quarter to escape with the narrow win.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have been in fine form as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games overall and they will be looking for another win after taking down the Pistons in a 130-123 victory on Tuesday. Kevin Durant led the team with 41 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Kyrie Irving added 24 points, Bruce Brown scored 15 points while Andre Drummond tallied 14 points with 13 rebounds. As a team, the Nets shot 55 percent from the field and 15 of 28 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense and fell behind by 12 points in the first half, before they turn things around in the second half where they exploded for 72 points to win comfortably in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 games as an underdog, 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Nets are 5-23-1 ATS in their last 29 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the under is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings overall, the Bucks are 34-16-1 ATS in the last 51 meetings overall and the Bucks are 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Brooklyn.
The Bucks are sweating on the availability of Giannis Antetokounmpo who is currently listed as day to day, while the Nets are still waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons. The Bucks are coming into this one with plenty of momentum and they will be full of confidence after outlasting the 76ers in a thrilling win on Tuesday, but the Nets are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, so they really need this one more than the Bucks. With the injury cloud hanging over Antetokounmpo, I’ll lean towards the Nets to get the win and cover in a close one.
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