Two top-3 teams of each conference that are coming off defeats by much weaker squads are clashing tonight. The team with the best record currently in the league, the Milwaukee Bucks (53-11), who will miss the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for at least two more games, are visiting the 3rd in the West Denver Nuggets (42-21), who also want to bounce back after an embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Date/Time: 03-09-2020, 21:00 EDT / 01:00 GMT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -4 Total: +222.5
The Denver Nuggets have a 42-21 record (28-31-4 against the spread) and are sitting in the third place of the West. They are 1-2 in their last 3 matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Cavaliers with a 102-104 score, not beating the odds. Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring with 20.5 ppg, in rebounding with 10.2 and in assists made with 6.8 per game. Jamal Murray follows with 18.6 ppg, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks have a 53-11 record (36-28 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the whole NBA. They are 1-3 in their last 4 matches and in their last game they lost on the road to the Suns with a 131-140 score, not beating the odds. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 29.6 ppg, in rebounding with 13.7 and in assists made with 5.8 per game but he is out with an injury. Kris Middleton follows with 21.1 ppg, 4.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Nuggets won on the road with a 115-127 score. The Nuggets are 24-8 home, while the Bucks are 25-8 on the road. The Bucks have the best offense in the league, scoring 119 ppg to the Nuggets’ 110.6, while both teams are very close defensively, allowing 107.3 and 107.6 ppg. The Bucks have the second-best field goal percentage in the league (47.9% to 47.1%) and both teams have identical 3-point percentage (35.7%). On the other hand, the Nuggets are better both in assists made (26.6 to 26) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.9), while the Bucks lead the NBA in rebounding (51.8 to 44.3) . In conclusion, the Bucks are struggling without their star player, therefore picking the hosting Nuggets it’s a no-brainer in this game.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets Pick: Denver Nuggets -4 (-106)