Bucks vs Mavericks Odds and Picks

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Luka Doncic not happy with call

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday evening. (Picture by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are in Dallas to tackle the Mavericks
  • Giannis Antetokonmpo is day-to-day with a knee harm
  • Get the most recent Bucks vs Mavericks odds, betting preview and a choose beneath

There are two unknowns heading into Thursday evening’s tilt between the visiting Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks.

The primary is the standing of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s wonky left knee which has compelled him to overlook the final two video games on this present highway journey. The second is making an attempt to determine which Dallas crew will present up.

Is it the world-beating group that buzzed via the Utah Jazz to sprint the NBA leaders’ 9-game win streak? Or is it the crew that ate a giant serving of humble pie Wednesday evening in a loss to Rockets?

These elements are seemingly why this line opened with the Bucks as mild 1.5-point favorites.

Bucks vs Mavericks Odds

Group Unfold at FanDuel Moneyline Complete
Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 (-104) -116 TBD
Dallas Mavericks +1.5 (-118) -102 TBD

Odds as of April 7. Tip-off is Thursday at 9pm ET

Deer Much less Fearful

The final time we noticed Giannis in motion, he single-handedly tore aside the Blazers on their dwelling court docket, dropping 47 and an absurd 18-for-21 capturing efficiency from the sector in a 127-109 drubbing.

Since then, Milwaukee has nonetheless been in a position to rating, however they haven’t had that put-away gear. Following Portland, they simply snuck by the Sacramento Kings 129-128, earlier than blowing a 12-point lead late within the third quarter, ultimately shedding the lead late to the Golden State Warriors. Their final possession to win the sport regarded NCAA-Event degree scattered. It didn’t finish nicely.

It’s the fourth time within the final 9 video games the Bucks have sat Giannis, and he’s at the moment listed as day-to-day. With 22 video games in 40 days to finish the season, Mike Budenholzer wants to search out the proper stability of getting his star playoff prepared, however as wholesome as attainable for an ultra-important playoff run.

At the very least they’re higher geared up to deal with the sort of loss. Jrue Vacation was named Jap Convention Participant of the Week after averaging 27.2 factors, 8.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds. He additionally shot a blistering 15-for-31 from three-point vary, a 48.3% clip. He, Khris Middleton and a grittier lineup ought to be capable of preserve them aggressive. They’re additionally nonetheless ready for PJ Tucker (calf) to make his Bucks debut.

Milwaukee remains to be the very best scoring crew within the league, however they’re simply nineteenth in factors allowed, and minus Giannis the final two video games, they’ve given up a median of 125 factors an evening.

Dallas Highs and Lows

Maybe it was a traditional lure recreation, because the Mavericks laid a stinker in Houston. Winners of 5 straight, capped by a formidable win over the Jazz, Dallas fizzled towards a crew that has misplaced 5 straight.

It was evening and day for Luka Doncic, who adopted up an excellent 31-point, 9-rebound, 8-assist gem over Utah — together with 6-for-11 from downtown — with a pedestrian 23 factors on 9-for-26 capturing, together with a 1-for-9 efficiency from three-point vary. He did add 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Kristaps Porzingis additionally had 23 factors on 10-of-19 capturing, together with 12 rebounds. It was an encouraging signal, as Porzingis had damaged 20 factors simply thrice in his earlier eight outings.

Regardless of the loss, Dalls has been getting it completed defensively. They’ve held the opposition to lower than 103 factors in 4 straight video games, they usually have surrendered greater than 108 factors simply twice in 13 video games after the all-star break.

What’s the Finest Guess?

Dallas’ newfound protection has been legit at dwelling, as they’ve gone beneath the whole the final eight video games, they usually’re 6-1 ATS of their final seven towards the Bucks.

Milwaukee has put up big numbers the previous couple of video games, however Sacramento and Golden State are porous defensively. Even when 10 of the final 14 Bucks video games have gone over the whole, I feel Dallas finds a method to comprise Milwaukee.

Antetokounmpo warmed up at Golden State and was a late scratch due to knee soreness towards the Warriors. I’ve a sense the Bucks will let their star have one other evening off, and hope they will scrape by towards a crew enjoying the second half of a back-to-back. That’s benefit Luka, and don’t be afraid to wager it.

The choose: Mavericks +1.5 (-118)


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