Bucks vs. Jazz Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bucks are a 2-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 200 points.
Milwaukee enters action with a 9-8 overall record and 7-8-2 ATS after a 113-107 overtime win at the Suns. Utah is 8-11 overall and 9-10 ATS following a 110-80 home win over the Bulls. The Jazz went 2-0 straight up and 2-0 ATS in two meetings last season. The over-under went 1-1.
The shorthanded Bucks were led by Khris Middleton in the win at Phoenix as he tallied 40 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Eric Bledsoe had 30 points along with seven assists, six rebounds and two steals against his former team. Thon Maker added 16 points and eight rebounds. Milwaukee outscored the hosts 8-2 in overtime.
Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 23 points and seven rebounds in the victory over the Bulls. Rodney Hood tallied 19 points and four boards off the bench. Alec Burks added 15 points and two steals as a reserve. Utah outscored Chicago 55-34 in the second half.
Milwaukee is 5-24 ATS in the last 29 meetings. and 2-14 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Utah.
Utah has provided a house of horrors for Milwaukee. And with the Bucks missing some players with injury, it's hard to see it changing here. It sounds like star Giannis Antetokounmpo will play after missing the Phoenix game, while the status of center John Henson is uncertain. While those players will be huge for the Bucks, it doesn't change that the Jazz are a difficult team to gameplan against and they are beginning to figure out how to play better without standout center Rudy Gobert (knee). Take the hosts to cover here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: UTAH JAZZ +2