Bucks vs. Jazz Prediction
The Bucks remain the best team in the NBA and flexed their muscle on Friday night in a come-from-behind win over the Lakers at Staples Center. Listed as a small dog tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET in Utah, will the Bucks prevail over the Jazz playing the second game of a back-to-back?
9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 2, 2019
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Jazz are 3-point favorites to beat the Bucks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 225 points and as of this writing, 60% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Bucks to cover the point spread.
Milwaukee Bucks Fantasy Spin
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) scored 16 points with 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in a 131-120 win over the Lakers on Friday. He played 33 minutes in the win, so coach Mike Budenholzer kept his word about Giannis not having restrictions after he played 24 minutes on Wednesday. Coach Bud said Giannis is feeling good and that the management in recent games isn’t expected to be like that the rest of the season, so it will be interesting to see how he handles things on Saturday vs. the Jazz. Fantasy owners should get in the habit of checking Giannis' status prior to every back-to-back.
Utah Jazz Fantasy Spin
Donovan Mitchell made another start at point guard during a 111-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 24 points with eight rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes. What a win for the Jazz on a back-to-back set in altitude. Mitchell scored six straight Jazz points in the final two minutes just when the Nuggets were making their late run. He did take a shot to his left hip and had the trainers check him out on the bench in the second half, but he returned and didn't even mention it in his post-game interview. In 2019, Mitchell is sixth in the NBA for points with the Jazz going 17-7 in that span. The Jazz look dangerous and Mitchell's slow start is a distant memory.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bucks are 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 games coming off a win of more than 10 points.
The Jazz are 6-1 against the number in their last seven games when their opponent scored 100 points or more in its previous game.
The Bucks are playing on zero rest and on the road for a second consecutive night but it’s hard to fade them right now, especially when they’re getting four points. The Jazz are 20-10 at home this year and 16-13 against the spread in Utah, but Milwaukee is talented and deep. Even if the Bucks choose to rest some players tonight, I like them to keep the game close. They’re 15-4-2 against the number in their last 21 road games and are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games overall.
Saturday NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks +4