LIVE: Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 PM ET
Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Monday night NBA action in Fiserv Forum features a match between two of the league’s hottest teams in the Utah Jazz and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz beat the Pelicans and the Bucks beat the Pistons the last time that these two teams took the court. Milwaukee is listed as a five and a half point favorite and the total is listed at 218 and a half at the time of writing. Tip is set for 8:05 PM ET and this game will be view-able on the NBA Network.
Jazz On A RollUtah beat New Orleans last time around 128-120 for their third straight win. Donovan Mitchell has a season-high 37 points to lead the team to victory. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points as well in the winning effort. Tony Bradley made his first career start as he was filling in for Rudy Gobert and Bradley didn’t disappoint with 15 points on the night. Gobert is listed as a game-time decision for this contest versus Milwaukee.
Mitchell and Bogdanovic lead the offensive charge for the Jazz, combing for 46.4 points a game. Mike Conley isn’t having a bad year in his new home, scoring 15.4 points a night. Gobert usually runs the paint for Utah with 13.3 points and 14.1 rebounds a night. He will be needed against the Bucks to counter Giannis. The Jazz grab 45.7 rebounds a game and they shoot 45.2% from the field with 37.7% from deep. They commit 15.7 turnovers per contest as well.
Bucks Are On FireMilwaukee beat the Pistons 104-90 in their last game to seal their seventh straight victory. They never trailed in their contest versus Detroit. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge for the Bucks with 28 points and ten rebounds on the night. D.J. Wilson saw extended minutes for the first time in his career as he replaced Ersan Ilyasova in the second string, who was out with a heel injury. Ilyasova is listed as a game-time decision against Utah and Khris Middleton is still out for at least a few more weeks.
Antetokounmpo leads the Milwaukee offense with 29.9 points and 13.9 rebounds a night as he continues to put in his resume for MVP. Middleton puts up 18.5 points per contest and will be a good addition once he returns to the court. Eric Bledsoe averages 17.6 points and Brook Lopez contributes 11.2 points per game as well. The Bucks grab 51.9 rebounds a game and they shoot 47.5% from the field with 34.3% from downtown. They commit 15.6 turnovers a night as well.
I am backing the Bucks for this exciting showdown between two of the NBA’s best teams. Milwaukee outscores Utah by 13 points a game as these offenses have looked very different this year. The Bucks are the better rebounding team and they shoot the ball slightly better than the Jazz. Rudy Gobert is listed as a game-time decision and even if he does play, he won’t be at 100 percent. I still expect Milwaukee to dominate the paint in this contest if Utah is with or without Gobert. Giannis is having an MVP-like season and Gobert is the only player on the Jazz’s roster that I believe can even attempt to slow down Antetokounmpo. Give me the Bucks to grab their eighth straight win and cover this spread Monday night.
I am playing the under for this contest between the Jazz and the Bucks. Sure, Milwaukee has one of the highest scoring offenses in the league, but they are running into the second best defense statistically in Utah. These two defenses combine to hold teams to only 212.6 points a night, and I believe that the defenses will come to play again for this one. Giannis is going to get his points as well as a few other players, but I believe both of these teams will play strong enough defense to limit production from non-key players. Two of the previous meetings between these two teams have played to the under. Of the Jazz’s 16 games so far this season, 11 of them have played to the under as well. I expect those trends to continue into this contest Monday night.