Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans - 12/19/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (18-11) vs Milwaukee Bucks (21-8)

Game Info: Monday, December 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans meet Monday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Milwaukee Bucks have won 6 of their last 8 games. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost 3 straight games.

The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 112.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.6 points and 11.1 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Bobby Portis is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game.

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The Bucks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Monday games. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The under is 15-3 in Bucks last 18 road games. The over is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in New Orleans and 25-9 in the last 34 meetings.

The Milwaukee Bucks have had issues on the road this season, where they lose by an average of 4.1 points, and they're going to be without Middleton here. The New Orleans Pelicans are due for a bounce back after 3 straight losses, and they're one of the best home teams in the league, where they win by an average of 8.9 points. The Pels in the home underdog role is hard to pass up. Give me the Pelicans in this toss up.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +1

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