NBA Betting Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
When: Friday, December 7th at 9:30 PM ET
Spread: Milwaukee -1.5
The Milwaukee Bucks enter this game with a record of 16-7 and are coming off a win at home against the Detroit Pistons by a score of 115-92.
The Golden State Warriors enter this game with a record of 17-9 and have won two games in a row including a win on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 129-105 on Wednesday night.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Golden State Warriors.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are 17-9 overall and 12-14 ATS. The Warriors have gotten off to a slower start then they are used to and currently have the 4th best record in the Western Conference, but they are still heavy favorites to win the West this season. Golden State is 12-14 ATS overall, 8-8 ATS after a win, 5-8 ATS on the road and 1-3 ATS as an underdog.
Kevin Durant leads the team in points, assists, rebounds and blocks with 774 points, 165 assists, 203 rebounds and 29 blocks. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are tied for the team lead in steals with 24 apiece.
Golden State is averaging 116.85 points per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA. They are averaging 9.69 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 21st in the NBA. They are averaging 27.88 assists per game which ranks 1st in the NBA.
The Warriors are allowing 111.23 points per game 19th in the NBA. They are averaging 35.73 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 9th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.19 steals per game which ranks 21st in the NBA.
The Bucks are 16-7 overall and 12-10-1 ATS overall. The Milwaukee Bucks have gotten off to a fast start this season and currently, have the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference trailing the Toronto Raptors by 3.5 games for the best record in the East. Milwaukee is 12-10-1 ATS overall, 7-7-1 ATS after a win, 9-4-1 ATS at home and 9-9-1 ATS as a favorite.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in points and rebounds with 594 points and 285 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe leads the team in assists with 136. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe are tied for the team lead in steals with 33 apiece. Brook Lopez leads the team in blocks with 41.
Milwaukee is averaging 121.09 points per game which ranks 1st in the NBA. They are averaging 9.83 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 20th in the NBA. They are averaging 27.26 assists per game which ranks 2nd in the NBA.
The Bucks are allowing 110.43 points per game which ranks 14th in the NBA. They are averaging 40.57 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 1st in the NBA. They are averaging 23.78 assists per game which ranks 15th in the NBA.
Milwaukee gets the win at home
Milwaukee is the best team in the NBA at limiting second chances by their opponent after ranking 1st in the NBA in defensive rebounds with 40.57 per game. The Warriors are still an elite team, but have struggled against the spread as an underdog going 1-3 in those scenarios. Milwaukee is 9-4-1 ATS at home. I look for those trends to continue with a Bucks win in this game. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.
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