Date/Time: 03-12-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans +9.5
In this battle between two squads sitting on opposite sides of the league table, the team with the best record currently in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks, looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are visiting the fourth-worse in the West New Orleans Pelicans, who on the other hand want to end their current losing streak.
Bucks are 50-17 so far in the league and are sitting on top of the whole league. In their latest matchup they saw a 2-game victory streak end with a road defeat by San Antonio, 114-121. Pelicans are 30-39 so far in the league and are sitting on the twelfth place of the Western Conference. They have lost their last three games and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Atlanta on the road, 116-128.
Top Basketball BookmakersMilwaukee are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27 ppg. He also leads the team both in rebounding with 12.6 and in assists made with 6 per game, while Kris Middleton follows with 17.4 ppg, adding 6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe adds 15.9 ppg, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. New Orleans are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 26.6 ppg. He also adds 4 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 12.2 per game, while Jrue Holiday follows with 21.2 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and leading the team in assists made with 7.7 per game. Julius Randle adds 20.7 ppg and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Milwaukee have won the previous matchup against New Orleans this season by 8 points at home. New Orleans are 18-14 at home, while Milwaukee are 23-12 on the road. Milwaukee have both a better offense with 117.4 ppg to New Orleans’ 115.6 and a better defense, allowing 108.4 ppg to New Orleans’ 115.4. Both squads have similar accuracy both from the field (47.7% to 47.6%) and from behind the arc (35.2% to 34.8%). New Orleans dish more assists per game (26.9 to 26), while Milwaukee Bucks commit fewer turnovers (13.4 to 14.1) and grab more rebounds per game (49.3 to 47). Milwaukee are superior and expect them to get away with an easy home victory by more than 10 points today.
Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 (-109)