Bucks vs. Pelicans Friday Prediction
The over has been profitable in the Bucks-Pelicans series but is the number too high tonight in New Orleans? Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and after hitting the board at 229, the total has dropped slightly to 228.5.
571 Milwaukee Bucks (-7) at 572 New Orleans Pelicans (+7); o/u 228.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, January 29, 2021
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin
Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists during a 115-108 win vs. Toronto on Wednesday, shooting 8-of-14 from both the field and the free throw line. He added a steal and a block and finished one dime shy of his third triple-double of the season. It's just the latest monster game from Giannis, who continues to pile up elite numbers despite some hiccups. The Bucks are getting him the ball on the wing more often, with a teammate in the baseline dunker spot, which he concedes has been a challenge. “It’s something new for me. It’s something that I’ve got to work on," he said. "It’s not like previous years where it was a little bit easier. I knew the offense." That doesn't account for his dip in rebounds (10.5 per game, down from 11.4 last year) or career-worst shooting at the line (58.5%), but there's plenty of time for the twice-reigning MVP to spiff up those numbers.
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
Zion Williamson tied his season high with 32 points during Wednesday's win vs. the Wizards, hitting 12-of-16 field goals and 8-of-11 free throws in 33 minutes. He added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. It's the second time this season he's only grabbed two boards, though overall he's shown growth on the glass with 7.9 per game, up from 6.3 as a rookie. The defensive stats tonight were also a welcome sight, as more steals (1.0) and blocks (0.4) would go a long way toward boosting his fantasy value. Without more 3-pointers (0.1) and improved shooting at the line (66.7%), it'll still be hard for him to climb toward early-round territory in most roto leagues.
Bucks vs. Pelicans Betting Prediction
The over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and is 4-1 in the last five meetings in New Orleans. The over has also cashed in six of the Bucks’ last seven games when facing an opponent with a losing record and is a perfect 5-0 in the Pelicans’ last five home games. The over is 10-1 in the Pels’ last 11 games overall and 8-0 in their last eight games when their opponent allowed 100 points or more in its previous game as well.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: BUCKS/PELICANS OVER 228.5