Mavericks vs. Bucks Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bucks are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 202 points.
Dallas comes in with a 7-18 overall record and 11-14 ATS after a 97-90 loss at the Celtics. Milwaukee is 13-10 overall and 9-11-3 ATS following a 104-100 home victory over the Pistons. The Mavericks won the first meeting this season at home by a count of 111-79 on Nov. 18. Dallas is 3-0 straight up and 3-0 ATS in three meetings since the start of last season. The under is 2-1.
The Mavericks were paced by Harrison Barnes with 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the defeat at Boston. Dirk Nowitzki tallied 16 points and six rebounds. Maximilian Kleber added 13 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots. Dallas was outscored 27-17 in the fourth quarter.
In the win over Detroit, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 25 points along with 10 rebounds and four assists. He also blocked two shots. Eric Bledsoe contributed 22 points, five rebounds and three assists. Khris Middleton added 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. Milwaukee outscored the Pistons 28-24 in the fourth quarter.
Dallas is 3-1-1 ATS in its last five meetings in Milwaukee. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
A humiliating loss such as what the Bucks suffered at Dallas last month can create a big-time revenge narrative. When that game happened, Milwaukee was only a few games in with Bledsoe on the roster. Now there is more chemistry with a team that should be one of the better squads in the Eastern Conference once the season shakes out. Expect a convincing victory here against a Dallas team that doesn't strike fear into anyone.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE BUCKS -7