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(15-11) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets (22-4)
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, TX.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Rockets -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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Milwaukee has some injury problems.
Mirza Teletovic has been out for some time now; he has only appeared in ten games this season but now he’s going to be out a lot longer. He’s still recovering from his knee operation but now he has a complication in his lungs and will be resting for ten days before being re-evaluated. Matthew Dellavedova remains out with knee tendonitis and Tony Snell has a knee problem of his own. Those two could be on their way back in the next week or two, give or take.
The Bucks aren’t a deep team but somehow they are surviving without three quality players who would play key roles in the team’s success. Now it’s a matter of getting them back before things go south because Milwaukee can’t hold on forever in the state it’s in. If the Bucks can keep the ship afloat as they have been doing, that will be some major reinforcement coming back.
Milwaukee has won three of its last four and hosts the red-hot Chicago Bulls before traveling to Houston for this one the next day. The schedule gets easier after a game against Cleveland following the Rockets game. Of all the contenders in the Eastern Conference, I’m less sure about where the Bucks will be in three months from now compared to all the rest.
I’m quite sure the Rockets will be right at the top of the NBA. They may not finish better than Golden State, but they might. The regular season race with the Warriors might ultimately be Houston’s undoing and Golden State knows it. It feels like Steve Kerr and company are winning a sort of battle, slowly and over the course of the whole season that will finish when they meet in the conference finals.
But you can say it’s all about the championships and get salty that Mike D’Antoni plays his guys too long in the regular season or you can enjoy good basketball. And the fact is that Houston is playing some of the best, most entertaining ball in the whole league right now.
“Juggernaut” is an appropriate word for this collection of players and coaches. Clint Capela is a star but he is the perfect star to play in this system, unglamorous, unselfish and totally willing to do anything it takes to help the team. The other role guys do the same and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves. It feels like a long time has passed since the Dwight Howard era.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in MIL last 8 vs. NBA Southwest.
- HOU are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central.
- Head to Head: Underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Prediction: Houston will not be stopped.
The Rockets don’t have a great answer to Giannis. PJ Tucker will probably draw that matchup and Capela will have his back at the rim. The Greek Freak will get his, though. It will take more than one great performance to beat the Rockets in Houston, however.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OVER
NBA Free Score Prediction: Milwaukee 109 – Houston 120
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