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2021 NBA Handicapping
(20-13) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks (15-15)
Date: Thursday, December 23rd
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bucks -211 | Mavericks +196 (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Thursday, December 23rdt, finds the Milwaukee Bucks facing the Dallas Mavericks for the first time this season. They’ll play once more in Milwaukee on April 3rd.
The Bucks are playing a Texas back-to-back with a 126-106 winning effort on the front side versus the Rockets while the Mavericks played and beat the Wolves 114-102 on Tuesday.
Last season, the squads played twice with each team winning on their home court. The Bucks hold the all-time record having bested the Mavericks in 42 of their 79 matches.
Having already navigated the early season without Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday (plus Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez) the Bucks had clawed their way back to a home court seed.
But with Giannis Antetokounmpo entering health and safety protocols the concern was the team would be clawing for wins again. Based on when Antetokounmpo entered quarantine he might be available for the Christmas Day game but not likely prior.
Fortunately, Khris Middleton returned from a three game absence due to a hyperextended knee and made an immediate impact scoring 23 points. Jrue Holiday led the team with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists.
December signing Wesley Matthews cleared protocols and dedicated his 16 point effort to his Grandmother who passed while he was in quarantine. Jordan Nwora and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 18 points as the other double-figure scorers.
As for Thursday, Bobby Portis (HS protocols) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (illness) are questionable while Antetokounmpo’s status hasn’t been clarified. Brook Lopez (back) and Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) are out indefinitely.
Despite missing Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. the Mavericks brought their A game to the floor on Tuesday shocking the Timberwolves and stealing the victory.
Jalen Brunson was a man on a mission scoring 28 points, dished six assists plus two rebounds, and three steals. Dorian Finney-Smith checked off boxes in the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Sterling Brown registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Dwight Powell (11) and Boban Marjanovic (10) registered double-figure scoring.
That impressive victory didn’t resonate for long as Wednesday the team announced Luka Doncic and Trey Burke were entering H&S protocols. That brings the Mavericks total to six with Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, and Josh Green already in quarantine.
Kristaps Porzingis (toe) is listed as questionable while Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) and Eugene Omoruyi (foot) were both downgraded to out on Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Bucks are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Dallas’ last 10 games.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
As long as Milwaukee has two of their three stars on the court they are able to resemble the team that won the championship. Conversely, while the shorthanded Mavs shocked the Wolves they won’t be as fortunate with the Bucks.
Brunson has been fantastic but Holiday will likely be tasked with guarding him which limits the Mavericks offensive potential.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bucks -5
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