Charlotte Hornets (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 0-2 O/U) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (2-1 SU, 1-1-1 ATS, 3-0 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 23, 2017, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 8 pm ET
Line: Milwaukee -6.5; Over/Under: 205
A pair of Eastern Conference foes do battle in the Midwest. The Charlotte Hornets are on the road to battle the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night. Charlotte evened their record by knocking off the Hawks 109-91 at home on Friday night. Milwaukee bounced back from their first loss of the season by edging the Trail Blazers 113-110 at home Saturday night. The all-time series between the teams in the regular season is tied at 52 wins apiece after the Bucks took two of three matchups last season, including an 89-79 win here on April 10.
Charlotte Hornets Seek Second Straight Win
Charlotte has been off since Friday night, giving them a couple days in between games in an effort to get healthy. The Hornets bounced back from a season-opening road loss to the Pistons by beating the Hawks at home. Charlotte trailed by 10 after the opening quarter and by seven at the half before getting things going. The Hornets outscored the Hawks 35-17 in the third quarter to take control of the contest and didn’t look back the rest of the way. Charlotte shot 43 percent from the floor and went 11 of 36 from beyond the arc. The Hornets also dominated the glass 57-38 to help overcome 21 turnovers in the contest.
The Hornets are a below average team offensively, ranking tied for 21st in the league with 99.5 points per game. Charlotte is 2nd in rebounding with 52 boards per game and 29th by dishing out 16.5 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 9th in scoring defense by allowing 96.5 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 25 points while dishing out 6.5 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 15 points plus 15 rebounds per contest, Jeremy Lamb adds 15 points per game and Frank Kaminsky chips in 12.5 points a night. Cody Zeller, Treveon Graham, Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk have to hold down the fort until Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Michael Carter-Williams return. The Hornets are 26th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 41.5 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 14th with 10 threes per game while ranking 25th in three point shooting as they hit 30.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee Bucks Look to Defend Home Floor
Milwaukee rebounded from a double-digit home loss to the Cavaliers by edging the Trail Blazers in a tightly contested game. The Bucks outscored the Trail Blazers 36-29 in the second quarter to take a five-point halftime lead and maintained a narrow edge in the contest. Milwaukee shot 52.5 percent from the floor in the game while going 7 of 18 from three point range in the game. The Bucks did have their scuffles at the free throw line as they converted 22 of 30 opportunities. Milwaukee overcame a 42-34 disadvantage on the glass thanks to their hot shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career-high 44 points in the win for the Bucks.
The Bucks are in the middle of the pack offensively, ranking 14th in the league with 106 points a game. Milwaukee is below average on the boards as they are 30th with 36.3 rebounds per game. The Bucks are tied for 14th in assists as they dish out 21.3 per contest. Milwaukee is 19th in scoring defense as they allow 108.7 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the do-everything guy for Milwaukee: he leads the team with 38.3 points along with 9.7 rebounds, five assists and 2.67 steals per game. Malcolm Brogdon adds 16 points per contest, Khris Middleton adds 13.7 points plus six boards a night and Tony Snell chips in 10.3 points per game. Matthew Dellavedova, Greg Monroe, John Henson, Mirza Teletovic and Thon Maker are all going to have to contribute for the Bucks. Milwaukee is #1 in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 49.6 percent from the floor. The Bucks are 22nd with 8.3 three point field goals per game and stand tied for 18th as they shoot 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.
- Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games
- Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central
- Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games
The Bucks have been fueled by Antetokounmpo, who entered Sunday leading the league in scoring in the early part of the season. Milwaukee has been carried by their star forward, who is carrying the load, at least until Jabari Parker returns from his second torn ACL. Charlotte is missing three key pieces from their rotation and the loss of Batum is tough for them. The Hornets lack capable wing scoring options without him and it makes them more one-dimensional. Charlotte struggled on the road against the Pistons and they’ll have a tough time here. Milwaukee improves to 3-1 even with playing their third game in four nights.