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The fifth and the eighth best team of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Washington Wizards (25-18), looking to extend their winning streak, are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20), who have two consecutive defeats and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 01-15-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards -4.5
Wizards have a 25-18 record (19-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets in overtime with a 119-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.8 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by John Wall with 19.7 ppg and a team high 9.3 assists per game, while Otto Porter Jr. adds 14 ppg and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Bucks have a 22-20 record (17-20-5 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 79-97 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 28.4 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.8 per game and in assists made with 4.5 per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 19.9 ppg, 5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season, each team managed to win on the road (Bucks by 7 points and Wizards by 11). Wizards are 15-8 at home so far this season, while Bucks are 8-12 on the road. Wizards are better both offensively, scoring 107.1 ppg to Bucks’ 105 and defensively, allowing 104.7 ppg to Bucks’ 106.1. Bucks have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 48.1% to Wizards’ 46.6%, while Wizards have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.9% to Bucks’ third-worse of 34.6%. Wizards are better in rebounding, grabbing 43.3 to Bucks’ league-low of 38.5 and in assists made, with 23.1 to Bucks’ 22.5, while Bucks commit less turnovers (13.5 to 14). Bucks are in the second day of a back-to-back set and Vegas odds give Wizards a -4.5 spread which they are expected to beat for an easy home victory today.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards -4.5 (-112)