Online sports betting sites couldn’t call anyone a favorite in today’s dust-up between the Milwaukee Bucks (16-7, 12-2 home) and the Golden State Warriors (17-9, 6-7 away) as the two teams opened the game with even odds. Tip off time is 9:30 p.m. EST at Fiserv Forum.
Luckily for you, that’s where we come in. Let’s start by looking closer at both teams’ offenses. The Bucks are averaging 121.1 points per games on 45.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0% from downtown. Milwaukee ranks ninth in field goal percentage and ninth in three-point percentage in the NBA.
Much of the damage has been done this season by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is leading the Bucks with 27.0 points per game on 52.0% shooting, and Khris Middleton, who is dropping in 18.4 points per game.
Golden State, on the other hand, is averaging 116.8 points on 47.0% shooting from the floor and 39.0% from deep. They rank 15th in rebounds and first in assists. The Warriors revolve around leading scorer Stephen Curry, who is averaging 30.3 points per contest.
Are you with us so far? Let’s move onto the other side of the ball and discuss both teams’ defenses. Milwaukee has done an excellent job of making life miserable for opponents. They rank 14th in fewest points allowed at 110.4 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to just 44.0% from the field and 35.0% from deep. Milwaukee uses its speed and athleticism to produce 13.6 turnovers per game and is first in the NBA in rebounding. Their ability to disrupt shooters and shut down offensive schemes makes them a very tough out.
Golden State, meanwhile, is in the middle of the pack among the NBA’s best defensive teams. The Warriors allow 111.2 points per game, and are letting opponents shoot 44.0% from the field and 33.0% from deep. Golden State forces 13 turnovers per game and is 15th in the league in rebounding.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on November 9th, 2018, Milwaukee won 134-111 behind 26 points from Eric Bledsoe.
The Bucks are fresh off of a 92-115 win to the Pistons in Detroit in which they shot 14 for 41 from deep were out-rebounded 62-53. The Warriors are fresh off a 129-105 win against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Stephen Curry led the team with 42 points.
It’s a tough game to pick, but it should be a compelling one to watch. Game time just around the corner!