Bucks vs Pelicans Pick: Friday, January 29th

Bucks vs Pelicans Pick: Friday, January 29th: Milwaukee is coming off their second straight win, 115-108 at the Raptors in Tampa on Wednesday night. MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists, while Khris Middleton went for 24 of his own, with 10 boards and 7 assists. Brook Lopez went for 20 points, while Jrue Holiday continues to struggle offensively going just 3/14 from the field, 1/8 from behind the arc, for just 7 points. This is a healthy Bucks team that continues to play underwhelming basketball.

The Pelicans came off a Covid postponement to snap their three game losing streak with a 124-106 win at home over the lowly Wizards on Wednesday. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram each went for 32 points, while Steven Adams went for just 6 points, but managed to grab 18 rebounds, with 6 coming on the offensive glass. Lonzo Ball played just 16 minutes with an ankle injury, putting up 9 points and 4 assists. Lonzo is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Bucks. Eric Bledsoe and Nickeil Alexander-Walker can handle the job just fine if Ball’s announced out.

Bucks vs Pelicans Odds

NBA Odds Spread
Bucks -6.5 (-110)
Pelicans +6.5 (-110)
Total 228.5
Where/When Smoothie King Center, 7 PM ET

The Bucks are 7-3 in their last 10 and have outscored their opponents by just under 6 points per game in that stretch. Milwaukee are the best offensive team in the NBA, putting up an average of 119.8 points per game, but have played below their average as of late, averaging just 117 per game in their last 5. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 2-8 in their last 10, and have been outscored by an average of 111.9 to 116.6 in that stretch. New Orleans comes into Friday night’s game rated as the 20th defensive team in the league, allowing 111.1 points per game. This is likely one of the many reasons why the Pelicans have gone ‘Over’ the betting total in 10 of their first 16 games this season.

NBA Team ATS Record ATS Margin
Bucks 8-9 +0.3
Pelicans 6-10 -2.2

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