NBA Betting Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 8:00 PM EST
Where: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Point Spread: Milwaukee -3½
Betting Total: 227 points
The (47-27) Houston Rockets travel to Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take on the (55-19) Milwaukee Bucks in an interconference battle. Houston on Sunday went to New Orleans and came away with an easy 113-90 victory. It was their 2nd straight win and 8th of the last 10.
Milwaukee on Sunday hosted the Cleveland Cavs and also won with ease 127-105. That made two in a row and 7 of 10 wins for them. This will only be the second meeting of the season between these two clubs. The first game was in Houston and the Bucks as a 1½ point favorite won and covered 116-109 back in early January.
This game is being played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM EST
BetOnline has set the point spread for this game at Milwaukee -3½ and the over/under has been set at 227 points
With the season winding down fast, the Rockets are looking good. Houston has clinched a playoff spot. The pretty much have won the Southwest division. They are currently the #3 seed in the west 3½ games back of Golden St. Houston trails 2nd placed Denver by 3 games, yet they only have a 1 game lead over #4 seed Portland, so there is still plenty to play for in addition to keeping their momentum going headed into the postseason.
Houston is scoring 113.1 ppg while giving up 109.7 points per game. That offensive output is ranked 11th in the league. Defensively in points allowed they are ranked at 11th as well. That is about as balanced as you can get. Of course, when you start talking stats, you start with James Harden who leads the team in scoring with 36.4 points per game.
He scores so much you wonder how five more players are averaging at least 13 ppg. Almost feels like this offense should be higher than 11th. The rebounding leader is Clint Capela with 12.6 per game. Chris Paul is the team leader is assists with 8.2 dishes per game.
The Bucks officially clinched their division, but it has not been in doubt for a while now. Looking at the Eastern Conference standings, that appears to be over as well. They have a 4 game lead over Toronto and with about 8 games left, it would take a meltdown for them not to have the number one seed in the east and home court. That would be huge when you look at Milwaukee’s 30-6 home record.
Milwaukee is scoring 117.5 ppg while giving up 108.1 points per game. That 117.1 ppg happens to be the number 1 ranked offense in the league. Defensively they are ranked 9th which is pretty solid to go along with that offense. Usually, when you find a team with a great offense, they seem to have an average defense.
This is one of those exceptions. Let’s take a look at stats. I love it when I write about the three main categories and just have to fill in one name. That name is Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.4 points, 12.6 rebounds & 6.0 assists. Don’t go thinking it is all Giannis though, you would be wrong. Five other players are scoring double digits per game and three of them are above 15 ppg.
Houston gets revenge for the earlier loss on home court to Bucks
Let me see……. Milwaukee went into Houston and beat them. Now Milwaukee on their home court, where they are 30-6 are only laying 3½. Sign me up. I take Milwaukee for a billion dollars!!! I can hardly wait to spend my money.
Come on now, we all know it does not work like that. With very little to play for, I am sure the biggest thing on Milwaukee’s minds is to get healthy for the playoffs, especially Giannis and his ankle. Houston can still gain, but more importantly, can still lose playoff position.
I don’t think motivation will be a problem. In my opinion, this is a perfect spot and maybe one of the few times to go against Milwaukee on their home court. This is as scary of a bet as it gets, but sometimes those are the best ones. Take Houston +3½ even though you won’t need them.