- The Warriors battle the Bucks on Thursday in a marquee matchup
- Both teams are coming off losses
- Find the odds, spread, preview, and prediction below
It’s a potential NBA finals preview on Thursday night in Milwaukee as the 30-10 Golden State Warriors visit the defending champion Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm ET.
The Dubs fell to the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, despite a triple-double from Stephen Curry. The Bucks, meanwhile, lost their second straight contest to LaMelo Ball’s Charlotte Hornets on Monday, dropping to 26-17 on the year.
This is the first meeting between these two teams this year, but they both grabbed a victory apiece last season in a pair of high-scoring matchups.
Warriors vs Bucks Odds
|Golden State Warriors||+3 (-110)||+130||OFF|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-3 (-110)||-150||OFF|
Odds as of January 12th at DraftKings.
The Bucks are a slim 3-point home favorite here but have gone just 19-24 ATS. The Warriors, on the other hand, are 4-3 as an ATS underdog.
Tough Back-to-Back For Dubs
Golden State will be looking to respond after a disappointing loss to Memphis, but it won’t be easy. After they take on the Bucks, Steve Kerr’s squad travels out to Chicago to face the surging Bulls.
Klay Thompson will suit up once again on Thursday, but he could likely sit on Friday in the Windy City due to injury management. As for Draymond Green, he remains sidelined with a calf problem.
Klay Thompson is not on the Warriors’ injury report tomorrow in Milwaukee, indicating that he will play against the Bucks and rest on Friday night in Chicago against the Bulls.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 12, 2022
The Warriors had a clear opportunity to put Tuesday’s contest away, but the Grizzlies clawed their way right back into it. The Dubs went into the final period with a 90-87 lead, which is by no means a huge margin.
But, Golden State isn’t a team that typically goes cold offensively. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. Ja Morant and Co. outscored them 29-18 in the fourth, with the superstar scoring five points in the last minute alone.
However, there were still some bright spots for the Warriors. Curry dropped 27 while grabbing 10 boards and 10 assists. Klay was efficient in his second appearance of the campaign, collecting 14 points in just 19 minutes. Five different players finished in double-digits, but defensively, Golden State was sloppy, committing a total of 16 turnovers which Memphis translated into a total of 26 points.
Most of those mistakes came in the first half as well for the Dubs. Needless to say, they’re going to need to come out and be a lot sharper from the tip against the Bucks.
Bucks Playing Better at Home
Between injuries and COVID-19 issues, the Bucks have had a very hard time finding a rhythm with their main rotational pieces. It also doesn’t help that Jrue Holiday is currently on the shelf with an ankle sprain and won’t be available vs Golden State, either.
Milwaukee has now lost four of their last five games and two in a row at home. However, they typically play a lot better at Fiserv Forum, collecting a 13-7 record.
Injury Report Update:
Jrue Holiday – Left Ankle; Soreness
Jeff Dowtin – G League Assignment
George Hill – H&S Protocols
Luke Kornet – Not With Team
Brook Lopez – Back; Surgery
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 12, 2022
Mike Budenholzer’s group showed serious guts in their loss to the Hornets on Monday, but it was too little, too late. The Bucks came back from 15 down in the third quarter and went toe-to-toe with Charlotte late into the contest until LaMelo drained a tough floater in the dying seconds to seal the deal.
Giannis showed out for 27 points, 13 boards, and eight dimes, while Khris Middleton was also in his bag, posting 27 points and 11 assists. Four of Milwaukee’s starters finished with a minimum of 13 points, but as a team, they shot it poorly, draining a mere 30% of their triples.
Warriors vs Bucks Prediction
The absence of Draymond has been felt for the Dubs, losing two of their last three. While the Bucks are also struggling to win ballgames right now, I think you’re going to see them impress in front of the home fans here. It’s going to be a close contest, but Milwaukee will pull through and prove exactly why they’re the reigning champs.
Pick: Bucks moneyline -150