Bucks vs. Pelicans Prediction

Bucks vs. Pelicans, 12/17/21 NBA Betting Odds & Predictions

The Bucks have won seven of their last 10 games overall and are only laying two points in New Orleans on Friday night when they take on the Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will the Bucks cover or is there a better option for bettors when it comes to this matchup?

Game Snapshot

573 Milwaukee Bucks (-2) at 574 New Orleans Pelicans (+2); o/u 218.5

8:00 p.m. ET, Friday, December 17, 2021

Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA


Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin

Khris Middleton (left knee hyperextension) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Pelicans. Middleton being listed as probable is great news for the Bucks, who are quite shorthanded due to injuries and health and safety protocols. If he can play, Middleton and Jrue Holiday will shoulder much of the workload on offense. Jordan Nwora would likely move back to the bench, but he won't lack opportunities to contribute.

New Orleans Pelicans DFS Spin

The Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson received a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot. Williamson "will be limited to low impact, partial weight-bearing activities for an extended period," and he will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks. ESPN's Andrew Lopez recently went on the Zach Lowe podcast and noted that Zion has got his weight down quite a bit compared to the offseason, and the Pelicans are still hoping to see him return to the lineup at some point this season.

Bucks vs. Pelicans NBA Betting Prediction

The over is 23-9 in the last 32 meetings between these two teams and is 5-1 in the last six meetings in New Orleans. The over is also 18-6 in the Bucks’ last 24 games versus a team with a losing record, is 6-1 in their last seven games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and is 4-1 in their last five games coming off a win of more than 10 points. On the other side, the over is 13-3 in the Pelicans’ last 16 games versus a team with a winning record and is 13-6-1 in their last 20 home games versus a team with a winning road record.


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