NBA Betting Predictions – Monday March 7th, 2016

Predictions record 55-50 (52.4%)

I was incorrect on my last pick as the Mavericks (-7) were defeated at home 104-101 by the Kings. I like 1 game this evening.

Milwaukee Bucks (26-37) @ Chicago Bulls (31-30)

United Center   8pm Eastern tip

 

 

 

Bucks probable starters: G – O.J. Mayo  G – Khris Middleton  C – Miles Plumlee  F – Giannis Antetokounmpo  F – Jabari Parker

Bulls probable starters: G – Derrick Rose  G – Jimmy Butler  C – Pau Gasol  F – Mike Dunleavy  F – Taj Gibson

Overview: The Milwaukee Bucks have dropped 4 of their last 6 games after a 104-96 loss at home versus the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. The team shot 37.8% from the field. They missed 16 of their 19 shot attempts beyond the arc, a 15.8% clip. They shot 83.3% from the free throw line as they were 25 of 30. They were dominated on the glass as they were out-rebounded 65-49. They had 17 steals in the game. They forced the Thunder in to 21 turnovers. They scored 29 fast break points and 36 points in the paint. Starting small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied a triple-double as he poured in 26 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists. He also had 4 blocks and 3 steals. He shot 8 of 20 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Starting power forward Jabari Parker produced 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He was 12 of 23 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard Khris Middleton netted 18 points. He also had 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists. He was 6 of 19 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 2 of 6 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Jerryd Bayless came off the bench to contribute with 12 points and 6 rebounds. He shot 2 of 4 from the field, 7 of 8 from the free throw line, and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 34th road game of the season. They are 8-25 on the road this season. Tonight is their 11th game versus a Central division opponent. They are 4-6 versus Central division opponents. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 6-9 in the 2nd game this season. After tonight they go home for 5 of their next 6 games. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus the Miami Heat. The Chicago Bulls put a halt to their 4 game losing skid with a 108-100 victory at home versus the Houston Rockets on Saturday evening. The team shot 45.6% from the field. They made 9 of their 21 3-point shot attempts, good for 42.9%. They shot 79.4% from the free throw line as they were 27 of 34. They dominated the boards as they out-rebounded their opposition 63-48. They had 28 assists in the game. They turned the ball over 25 times. They scored 24 fast break points and 42 points in the paint. They led 55-43 at halftime. Starting center Pau Gasol led the way with a double-double as he poured in 28 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. He also had 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. He shot 9 of 18 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler also notched a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. He also had 6 assists. He was 6 of 13 from the field, 11 of 12 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Derrick Rose chipped in with 17 points, 9 assists, and 3 rebounds. He was 6 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Mike Dunleavy netted 12 points. He also had 4 rebounds. He shot 4 of 7 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 4 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 32nd home game of the season. They are 20-11 at home this season. Tonight is their 12th game versus a Central division opponent. They are 6-5 versus Central division opponents. Including tonight they play 6 of their next 9 games at home. Their next game is Thursday at the San Antonio Spurs.

Milwaukee and Chicago split their first 2 meetings this season. After tonight the Bucks and Bulls play 1 more time this season: April 3rd at Milwaukee.

Prediction: The Bucks were expected to contend for a playoff spot but they have been a big disappointment as they are 6 games back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are currently the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. Now that Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic are back from injury the Bulls should be able to make a little run to close the season. They need to start by succeeding in winnable home games like tonight.

 

My take: Bulls -6.5 (BetOnline.ag)

Written by: Jeff P



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