Pelicans vs. Bucks Prediction & Odds
The sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans travel to Milwaukee to take on the third-seeded Bucks on NBA TV Sunday night at 8:00 PM ET. Can the Bucks cover the 9.5-point spread as home favorites?
The New Orleans Pelicans are 26-24 on the season. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans are 24-26 ATS on the year.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 32-17 on the season. They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Bucks are 26-20-3 ATS on the year.
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
551 New Orleans Pelicans (+9.5) at 552 Milwaukee Bucks (-9.5); O/U 233.5
8:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 29, 2023
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Pelicans vs. Bucks Public Betting Information
Our NBA Public Betting Information page indicates that 67% of public bettors are currently backing the Bucks -9.5 in this contest. Note that these numbers are subject to change, so be sure to check the link to receive the most up-to-date public betting data.
New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin
New Orleans will be without their best player, Zion Williamson for Sunday’s tilt with the Bucks. Williamson is dealing with a right hamstring strain and should be out for multiple weeks. For the season, Williamson is averaging 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram has returned to the lineup after missing two months with a left toe injury. He’s still a bit rusty as he’s shot a combined 12 for 40 from the field in his first two games back.
The Pelicans’ most consistent scoring threat has been veteran shooting guard CJ McCollum. McCollum is averaging 21.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game for New Orleans this year. He’s also shooting 38.9% from deep on 7.7 attempts per game. He could be a cost-effective guard option if you need shooting in DFS.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin
The Bucks won’t have reserve forward Bobby Portis on Sunday. Portis sprained the MCL in his right knee and will miss at least two weeks. For the season Bobby Portis had been posting 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in 26.8 minutes per contest coming off the bench for Milwaukee.
Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday has been a steady presence for Milwaukee all season. Holiday is averaging 19.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game for the Bucks this year. He’s also making a solid 37.8% of his three-point tries this season. If you need steals from your point guard spot, Holiday can help there as well as he’s nabbing a team-high 1.4 steals per game.
Pelicans vs. Bucks NBA Betting Trends
New Orleans is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games.
New Orleans is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days’ rest.
Milwaukee is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
Milwaukee is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Pelicans vs. Bucks NBA Prediction
The Pelicans have lost 8 of their last 9 games, and this will be the second night of a back-to-back for them. New Orleans lost on Saturday night at home to Washington, 113-103.
The Bucks, on the other hand, have won 5 of their last 6 games and they were able to rest on Saturday after beating the Pacers Friday night 141-131. The Bucks are rounding into form as they’ve just got small forward Khris Middleton back after he missed a month with a knee injury. The Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo are a tough team to beat under any circumstance, but the second night of a back-to-back seems like too much for the Pelicans. I think the Bucks win this one by double digits.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -9.5