The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. The Timberwolves are currently 14-41 on the season, which is the worst record in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks are 33-20, currently third in the Eastern Conference. These two teams have met once this season back on February 23, when the Bucks routed the Timberwolves 139-112 as a 10 point home favorite. Giannis Antetokounmpo, had 37 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists that victory.
Bucks snap three-game losing streakThe Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a 124-87 road win over Orlando as a nine-point favorite. Khris Middleton led the team with 21 points in the victory. The Bucks are now 2-3 overall and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games since losing Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019 and 2020 NBA MVP. Antetokounmpo, who has averaged 28.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game this season in 45 games is currently out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
“I love how [Khris] has taken on leadership helping the young guys.”— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 12, 2021
Coach Bud's ASL Postgame Press Conference: pic.twitter.com/NcDNbt3MTN
With Antetokounmpo out of the line-up, the Buck's leading scorers are Khris Middleton (20.3 ppg), Jrue Holiday (17.1 ppg and 1.7 steals), and Bobby Portis is averaging 7.3 rebounds and 11.4 ppg. The Bucks are the top-scoring team in the league averaging 119 ppg, second shooting 48.5% from the floor, and second making 39.3% from three. On defense, Milwaukee has allowed 112.9, which ranks 19th in the NBA, but they are the eighth-best team in defensive efficiency.
In that last five games without Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have kept their scoring up, averaging 118.8 ppg, and are allowing 116 ppg.
Timberwolves playing back-to-backThe Minnesota Timberwolves have now lost five of their seven games in April after falling at home to the Brooklyn Nets 127-97 as a 7.5 point dog on Tuesday (make up from Monday). Only one Timberwolves only had one starter reach double-figures on Tuesday, with Anthony Edwards leading the way with 27 points and eight rebounds. The Timberwolves were without Karl Anthony Towns and Malik Beasley.
Minnesota is 22nd in the NBA, averaging 110.5 ppg, 28th shooting 44.3% from the field, and 24th making 34.9% from the three-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns averages a team-high 25 points and 10.5 rebounds but has missed 20 games this season. D' Angelo averaged 20 ppg and is back in the lineup after missing 30 games this season. Malik Beasley, who has averaged 19.6 ppg in 37 games, is currently out at least four to six weeks with a Grade 3 hamstring strain. Towns are also questionable for Wednesday's game dealing with a personal family matter, which caused him to miss Tuesday's game. Rookie Anthony Edwards Jr., who averaged 17.9 ppg on the season, has put up 22 ppg in the last 10 games.
Defensively the Timberwolves are 28th, allowing 117.7 ppg, and 27th in defensive efficiency.
- Bucks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record.
- Timberwolves are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be playing for the second day in a row at home, after their game against Brooklyn, originally scheduled for Monday, was moved to Tuesday due to protest of the shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by Brooklyn Center police on Sunday. The game on Tuesday had to be played with no fans, and Minnesota was badly embarrassed by Brooklyn. The Timberwolves have been solid at home recently. With the humiliation of Tuesday's 30 point loss, I expect to see a better effort from them against Milwaukee playing just one day later.
The Bucks have not played well lately and have been poor against the spread recently against losing teams on the road. Take the Timberwolves to cover.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Bucks are the highest-scoring team in the NBA and have still been able to light up the scoreboard without Antetokounmpo in the lineup. Milwaukee should put up plenty of points against the Timberwolves, who have allowed at least 127 points in three of their last four games and have combined with opponents for just over 255 points over those last four contests. I love the over for Wednesday.