Brooklyn Nets (0-1; 1-0 ATS; 1-0 O/U) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (0-1; 0-1 ATS; 1-0 O/U)
NBA: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm EST
Line: Milwaukee -7
The Milwaukee Bucks will host the Brooklyn Nets in an Eastern Conference battle Saturday night from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Nets lost 122-17 to the Celtics on Wednesday night and face the Pacers Friday night, while the Bucks fell 107-96 to the Hornets Wednesday night. The Bucks won all three games in last year’s season series.
Nets Counting on Lopez and Lin to Lead the Way
The Brooklyn Nets could be in for a rough season after trading some of their veterans last season as the team finally opts to go in a new direction. The Nets will be counting on a big season from Brook Lopez who averaged 20.6 points per game last season. The seven-foot center struggled in the season opener against the Celtics, shooting 1 for 7 from the field, and finished with just seven points in a game the Nets lost by a 122-117 score. Brooklyn brought in Jeremy Lin in the offseason, and he is expected to be a leader on this team and he will play big minutes. The 28-year old point guard averaged 11.7 points per game in 78 games played last season with the Charlotte Hornets and will surpass that total playing more minutes this season. Lin played well in the season opener, scoring 18 points in 28 minutes of action. Bojan Bogdanovic played well in the season opener as well, scoring a team-high 21 points in just 23 minutes of action, after averaging 11.8 point per game last season.
The Nets struggled to score points with consistency last season, averaging 98 points per game, ranking them 26th overall. Brooklyn also struggled defensively last year, allowing an average of 106 points per game, placing them down at 23rd in the NBA.
Bucks Fall to Hornets in Home Opener
The Milwaukee Bucks could not contain the Hornets on the defensive end, losing their home opener by a 107-96 score Wednesday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with a big 31 point night, and also picked up nine rebounds in the losing cause. The 21-year old forward is coming off a four-year 100 million dollar contract extension in the off-season and stepped up big in game one. Mirza Teletovic struggled in the season opening loss, shooting 3 for 12 from the field, including an 0 for 5 mark beyond the arc, finishing with only six points. One player to watch for is Jabrari Parker who netted 13 points in the season opener. The Bucks were dealt a huge blow last month when the team’s top shooter Khris Middleton injured his left hamstring and will be out for six months. The Bucks will be counting on Jabari Parker to produce to fill the void left by Middleton’s absence. Parker averaged 14.1 points per game last season, and the Bucks will need that figure to increase to account for the loss of Middleton who averaged 18.2 points per game last season.
Last season the Bucks were subpar offensively, averaging 96 points per game, ranking them 22nd overall. Milwaukee conceded an average of 103.2 points per game last year, ranking them 17th overall, and did not look good defensively in their season opener.
The Brooklyn Nets are:
- No Key Trends
The Milwaukee Bucks are:
- 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- 0-7 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference.
I am taking the points with the Nets in this matchup. This spread seems a bit high and the Bucks do not impress me. The Nets were able to put up 117 points against the Celtics, and the Bucks are mediocre at best on the defensive end, so I think Brooklyn will be able to hang around in this one. The Bucks do not feature much offense, and the Khris Middleton injury really hurts the Bucks scoring. Milwaukee has the slight edge on defense, however both teams are reasonably close on the offensive end, so I am confident the Nets will be able to hang around and keep this one close.