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2021 NBA Handicapping
(19-11) Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans (9-21)
Date: Friday, December 17th, 2021
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bucks -145 | Pelicans +125 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -2.5 / Pelicans +2.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
The Milwaukee Bucks will be on the road to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, December 17th.
The tip-off is set for 8:00 ET from Smoothie King Center.
Milwaukee opened up as a 3 point favorite and that number is now down to 2.5. The total has gone from 216.5 to 218.5.
The Bucks have played pretty well so far this year. I expect them to only get better as the year goes on.
In their last four games, they are 3-1. For the most part, they have done a good job of not going on long losing streaks.
Whenever a team wins the title in the previous year, you wonder how they will perform the following year. So far, it seems like this team is just going about their business and doing their job. There does not appear to be any championship hangover.
When I think of the top teams in the East, I would certainly put this group in the mix. It would not shock me if they won the conference again this year.
Milwaukee last played on Wednesday, where they beat the Indiana Pacers by a score of 114-99. It was a close game for a while, but a strong fourth quarter is what propelled this club to a win.
The win on Wednesday was even more impressive because Khris Middleton and Giannis both did not play. That means that other players had to step up and that is exactly what happened. Jrue Holiday was the leading scorer with 26 points and 14 assists.
New Orleans Pelicans
To be honest, things have gone pretty bad for the Pelicans this year and it does not look like they will be getting better any time soon.
They currently stand with a record of 9-21, which puts them in 14th place in the Western Conference. The only team that is below them is the Thunder.
The news on the return of Zion Williamson just seems to be getting worse and worse. At this point, it seems possible that he will not return at all for this season.
New Orleans beat the OKC Thunder on Wednesday by a score of 113-110. There are very few teams that they should beat, but the Thunder is one of them.
Brandon Ingram was the leading scorer in their last game with 34 points and 8 rebounds. He has had to really step up in the absence of Williamson and he has done a good job so far with that.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Bucks are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The Bucks are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games against New Orleans.
- The Pelicans are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games at home.
- The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Analysis:
A big storyline in this game is about which players are active and which ones are not.
It looks like the Bucks will once again be playing without the Greek Freek. Khris Middletown is listed as probable. That would explain why the Bucks are such a small favorite on the road.
Even though Milwaukee is shorthanded, they should be able to get a win against a team that is really not that good.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans ATS
It is hard to have trust in the Pelicans based on how they have played, but I like them in this spot. If the Bucks were fully equipped, I would probably be fading the home team, however.
Playing in New Orleans has not been a fun place for the Bucks to play recently. I do feel they will win, but I think that the Pelicans will make it a close one and cover as 2.5 point dogs.
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