Nets vs Bucks: Feb 28, 2023 - Expert Analysis & Picks

Nets vs Bucks: Feb 28, 2023 - Expert Analysis & Picks

 

Odds

Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Bucks money line -210
Bucks spread -5.5 (-110)
Nets money line +180
Nets spread +5.5 (-110)
Over / under 229

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Milwaukee Bucks Brooklyn Nets
Record 43-17 34-26
Home / road record 17-12 18-11
Streak W13 L2
Points per game 115.00 113.00
Points allowed per game 111.00 112.00
Rebounds per game 49.00 40.00
Rebounds allowed per game 43.00 43.00
Over / under record 28-32 28-31-1
 

Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks (43-17) will take on a new-look Brooklyn Nets (34-26) team on February 28th, 2023 at the Barclays Center. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are no longer with the Nets, so the team has had to make some significant changes to their roster. This will be the third and final meeting between these two teams this season, with the series currently tied at 1-1. The Bucks have been playing at a high level, and they will look to continue their 14-game winning streak against a Nets team that has had to adjust to their new lineup.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been a force to be reckoned with this season, sporting an impressive 41-17 overall record. While their home record is strong, they've also managed to hold their own on the road with an outstanding 24-5 record at home. This has helped them secure the top spot in the Central division, a testament to their consistent performances throughout the season.

The Bucks have also been dominant against their Eastern Conference rivals, boasting a solid record of 22-13 in these games. They've faced some tough competition in the conference, but their depth and overall talent have allowed them to hold their own against some of the best teams in the league.

One of the biggest factors contributing to the Bucks' success this season has been their rebounding prowess. They currently lead the Eastern Conference in rebounding, averaging an impressive 49.1 boards per game. A big part of this success can be attributed to their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who leads the team with an impressive 12.3 rebounds per game. His athleticism and tenacity on the glass have made him one of the best rebounders in the league, and he's been a key part of the Bucks' success this season.

Overall, the Bucks have put together a well-rounded campaign this season, with strong performances on both ends of the court. With their strong record, dominant rebounding, and a roster full of talented players, they'll be a tough team to beat in the playoffs.

Jrue Holiday has been a key player for the Bucks this season, especially from beyond the arc. He's been averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers per game while scoring 19.6 points per game, showcasing his scoring prowess and ability to hit shots from long range. His shooting percentage from beyond the arc is also impressive, with a solid 37.8% accuracy. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been an absolute beast over the last 10 games for the Bucks. He's been averaging an incredible 31.3 points, 12 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, demonstrating his versatility and all-around ability on the court. His performance has been a key factor in the team's 10-game winning streak and their recent success.

In addition to the individual performances of Holiday and Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have been putting together some impressive team stats over their last 10 games. They've been averaging 124.7 points, 53.1 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.2 steals, and 4.5 blocks per game, showcasing their talent and ability to dominate on both ends of the court. Their shooting accuracy from the field has also been impressive, with a solid 49.7% accuracy.

While the Bucks have been putting up impressive numbers, their opponents have struggled to keep up. The team's opponents have been averaging just 112.5 points per game over the last 10 games, showing just how dominant the Bucks have been in recent weeks.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will enter this matchup with a significantly different roster than earlier in the season, with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving no longer with the team. However, the Nets still have some talented players on their roster, including Spencer Dinwiddie, Ben Simmons, and Joe Harris.

Dinwiddie has been a solid contributor for the Nets this season, averaging 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game. He has also been shooting the ball well, with a field goal percentage of 46.7%. Ben Simmons, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers, has also been a key addition to the team. Despite his struggles shooting the ball, Simmons is a dynamic playmaker who is averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game.

Joe Harris, who is known for his three-point shooting, has been struggling with his shot this season, shooting just 31.1% from beyond the arc. However, he is still a valuable player for the Nets, providing solid defense and hustle on the court. The Nets will also rely on Patty Mills, who has been a consistent scorer off the bench, averaging 12.5 points per game and shooting 40.3% from three-point range.

Overall, the Nets will need to rely on their role players to step up in the absence of Durant and Irving if they hope to compete with the Bucks. While they may not have the star power of their opponents, they still have a deep and talented roster that can cause problems for any team on a given night.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Milwaukee are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games.

Milwaukee are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.

Milwaukee are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against Brooklyn.

Milwaukee are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against Brooklyn.

Milwaukee are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn.

Brooklyn are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games.

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Brooklyn's last 14 games.

Brooklyn are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 6 games against Milwaukee.

Brooklyn are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Bucks are the better team in this matchup and have been playing at a high level. While the Nets have a solid lineup, they are still adjusting to their new roster and have had some inconsistent performances. The return of Giannis Antetokounmpo is a significant boost for the Bucks, and he will be a dominant force on both ends of the court.

To make matters worse for the Nets, they will be without key player Ben Simmons, who is sidelined with an injury. Simmons, who is known for his strong defense and playmaking abilities, would have been a valuable asset for the Nets in their matchup against the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers this season, averaging 31.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. He is a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court, and the Nets will have their hands full trying to contain him.

In addition to Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a solid supporting cast that includes Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez. These players have been contributing consistently throughout the season and will likely play key roles in the game against the Nets.

The Bucks also have a strong record on the road, with a 17-12 record away from home. This bodes well for them as they will be playing in Brooklyn on Monday night.

Overall, the Bucks seem to have the upper hand in this matchup, especially given the Nets' depleted roster. With Antetokounmpo leading the charge and a solid supporting cast behind him, the Bucks have a good chance of winning and covering the -5.5 points spread.

 

PICK: Bucks -5.5 (-110)

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