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The Washington Wizards are set to host the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Bucks strong start fueled by Giannis Antetokounmpo
Through the first half of the season, the Bucks have been one of the league’s best teams. This has seen them have tremendous balance on both ends of the floor in the process behind the strong play of their young core group that has taken their level of success to the next tier this year. In fact, it has seen them push forward for the top record in not only the Eastern Conference but also the entire NBA up to this point in the year. Much of this has been led by their explosive offense that has been led by the stellar play of All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has established himself as a legitimate MVP candidate and one of the best players in the league behind his highly impactful play on both ends of the court.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 10, 2019
Antetokounmpo has been producing like one of the top players in the league behind his all-around production as he’s averaging 26.6 points on 58.1 percent shooting from the floor along with 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest. He has continued to fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis. He is coming off his second career 20-point/20-rebound performance with 27 points and 21 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over the Houston Rockets. This made him first Buck since Zaza Pachulia back in March 2015 to haul in 21 or more rebounds in a game. Meanwhile, guard Malcolm Brogdon continued his recent surge as he notched 24 points in the contest on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. Brogdon is currently the is the only player in the league shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 90.0 percent from the free throw line while averaging 18.4 points on 64.2 percent shooting in his last five games. This has the Bucks in line to add to their recent hot stretch having won 11 of their last 13 games dating back with a 14-point average margin of victory in each of those victories.
Wizards struggling to find fluidity
It has been nothing short of a struggle for the Wizards to find their way this year. They have continued to have much difficulty toward getting on the right track toward being a consistent team on a nightly basis. Granted, they have largely been without the services of two of their key contributors in All-Star point guard John Wall and big man Dwight Howard for big chunks of the season. This shouldn’t take away from what has been a disappointing start to the year for Washington. They have continued to hover around holding one of the worst marks in the league. This has been centered by their lack of any effectiveness defensively throughout the year as they have been at the bottom of the league throughout the first half of the year. They are currently 29th giving up 116.5 points per contest while also being 27th with opponents shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 29th with opponents shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.
— NBA (@NBA) January 10, 2019
This lack of fluidity on this end of the floor has made it quite difficult for them to find any footing. This has made it more pressing for their offense to attempt to pick up the slack. It has placed an even greater sense of responsibility on All-Star guard Bradley Beal to put up strong scoring nights on seemingly every time he takes the floor. For the most part, Beal has responded well as he’s currently averaging a career-best 24.2 points per contest on 47.2 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. In the last five games, he is averaging 28.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the floor and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. Beal has notched 20-or-more points in each game over that stretch that has pushed him up to 33 contests with at least 20 points this season overall. However, the Wizards’ porous defense sets this up toward being a one-sided affair with the Bucks taking full advantage of those shortcomings.
- Wizards are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Wizards are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 Friday games.
- Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against Central division opponents.
- Bucks are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on one day’s rest.
- Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bucks are hitting their stride entering this contest and will have the opportunity to take apart the Wizards’ porous defense. This should be a one-sided affair on Friday night. Keep in mind, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Full-Game Total Pick
This will be a one-sided contest that will see plenty of scoring from the Bucks’ potent offense. The matchup against one of the league’s worst defense should spell a strong offensive performance from Milwaukee. This should be more than enough to push it past the over/under line. What should be noted is that the over is 9-3 in Wizards’ last 12 home games.