Milwaukee Bucks (3-2 SU, 2-2-1 ATS, 3-2 O/U) vs. Atlanta Hawks (1-5 SU, 2-3-1 ATS, 1-4-1 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, October 29, 2017, Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, 3:30 pm ET
Line: Milwaukee -4; Over/Under: 203
A pair of Eastern Conference foes take the court looking for a win in the Peach State. The Milwaukee Bucks are on the road as they look to keep the Atlanta Hawks grounded Sunday afternoon. Milwaukee finished a three game homestand 2-1 as they were defeated 96-89 by the Celtics Thursday night. Atlanta dropped its fifth in a row as they were knocked off 105-100 at home by the Nuggets Friday night. The Hawks hold a 110-103 edge in the all-time regular season series and took three of the four meetings last season, including both contests here at home.
Milwaukee Bucks Try to Get Back in Win Column
Milwaukee missed a chance at a perfect homestand as the Celtics exacted revenge for losing at home to the Bucks in the opening week of the season. The Bucks held a one point lead at halftime but found themselves outscored 53-45 after intermission to come up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Milwaukee shot 45.5 percent from the floor overall, including 11 of 25 from beyond the arc, in the loss. The Bucks were hurt by 17 turnovers in addition to free throw disparity: the team was 8 of 14 at the line while Boston sank 19 of 22 chances. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the loss.
The Bucks are in the middle of the pack offensively, ranking 17th in the league with 102 points a game. Milwaukee is below average on the boards as they are 30th with 37.8 rebounds per game. The Bucks are tied for 12th in assists as they dish out 22 per contest. Milwaukee is 15th in scoring defense as they allow 103.2 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the do everything guy for Milwaukee: he leads the team with 35 points along with 10.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Malcolm Brogdon adds 15.8 points per contest, Khris Middleton adds 15.3 points plus 5.4 boards a night and Tony Snell chips in 11 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 4th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 48.3 percent from the floor. The Bucks are 20th with nine three point field goals per game and stand 9th as they shoot 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Atlanta Hawks Seek to Stop Skid at Five
Atlanta won their season opener on the road against the Mavericks. Things have gone downhill in a hurry since as they’ve dropped five straight, including their home opener Friday night against the Nuggets. The Hawks trailed by just one at the half and had their chances the rest of the way but couldn’t pull out the victory. Atlanta shot 41.6 percent from the field while connecting on 14 of 33 three point attempts. The Hawks allowed the Nuggets to shoot 46.2 percent from the floor, a number that would have been considerably higher if not for Denver’s 4 of 20 showing from beyond the arc. Dennis Schroder had 20 points plus six assists to lead the Hawks in a losing effort.
The Hawks are 26th in the league in scoring offense with 98.5 points per game this season. Atlanta is 18th in the league in rebounding (43.3 rpg) and 24th with 19.8 assists per contest. The Hawks are 17th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 106 points per game. Dennis Schroder leads the team with 22.5 points plus 6.5 assists per contest. Marco Belinelli contributes 15.5 points plus 2.5 boards, Taurean Prince kicks in 12.7 points plus 5.5 rebounds a game and John Collins adds 11 points with 7.3 rebounds per contest. Dewayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Delaney, Kent Bazemore (12.8 points) and Mike Muscala have to contribute on the offensive end. The Hawks are 28th in the league by shooting 41.8 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 19th in the league with 9.2 made three pointers a night and tied for 10th in three point shooting as the team hits a paltry 35.9 percent from beyond the arc.
- No Key Trends
- Hawks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games
- Hawks are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
- Hawks are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
Milwaukee was on a bit of a roll before they were knocked off by the Celtics in their last contest. They’ve had a couple of days to brood and get that loss out of their system. Atlanta will be playing their third game in four days here and the Hawks are scuffling with five straight losses. The Hawks simply don’t have the talent that previous incarnations of the roster have boasted. Atlanta can’t contain Antetokounmpo and that’s the difference in this one as the Hawks suffer a sixth straight defeat in this contest.