Upcoming Free Picks

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 12-6-2019

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#523 Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers 3.5
#524 Milwaukee Bucks
Bucks -3.5

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8:35pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Los Angeles Clippers

16 - 6

48-39
ATS
49-38
O/U
115
PPG
114
OPPG

Milwaukee Bucks

19 - 3

57-37
ATS
49-48
O/U
117
PPG
108
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night in a marquee matchup for the NBA. Milwaukee is riding a 13-game winning streak and has won its last three games by an average margin of over 36 points, while LA is coming off a dominant 20-point win against Portland. Friday marks the first time that Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo will go to head-to-head since last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

The Bucks and Clippers have two of the three highest odds of winning the NBA Finals after the Los Angeles Lakers, so this could very well be a Finals preview. The two teams play a similar style of basketball that gives priority to their respective superstars. Antetokounmpo in player efficiency rating and is coming off a 35-point outing at Detroit. Leonard was held to a season-low 11 points against Portland on Tuesday night.

Clippers look to pull off road upset

The Los Angeles Clippers are a rare underdog Friday night as they go into Fiserv Forum winners of nine of their last 10 games. Montrezl Harrell is coming off an extremely efficient performance in which scored 26 points on 11 of 12 shooting all off the bench. Paul George has scored 56 points over the last two games and looks to be in tip-top shape. Patrick Patterson scored 19 points against Portland on five 3-pointers.

Then, of course, there's Kawhi Leonard, who had a rare off night in Portland, connecting on just three of 15 field goal attempts. Perhaps head coach Doc Rivers will work Leonard into more practices after it was revealed that he and George have yet to practice together. There's only so much space to go around on the Clippers roster, and it would do them good to get their two top players in better coordination with one another. LA's glue guy is none other than Lou Williams, who has seven or more assists in each of the last four games.

Bucks look to stay hot

The Milwaukee Bucks have not lost a game since Nov. 8 (a road loss to Utah) and if they win Friday they'll likely keep their winning streak going until a Dec. 19 matchup with the Lakers, if not longer. Milwaukee does all the little things right. They lead the Clippers in rebounding margin by nearly three boards a game, a testament to their effort on the glass. The Bucks also have the top field goal percentage in the NBA and are tied with Denver for the highest defensive rating. If there's a weakness for this team, it's their slate of competition in a watered down Central Division.

The success starts with Antetokounmpo and trickles down the rest of the roster. George Hill has the sixth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (4.3) while fellow point guard Eric Bledsoe has tallied 10 assists in two of the team's last five games. Those two guys embody unselfishness and the rest of the team benefits from it. Khris Middleton is a consistent threat to score around 15 points or more a game and has carried some of the load up front with Brook Lopez recovering from a back injury.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

I was tempted to go with Milwaukee until I saw LA getting that extra half point. The Clippers are playing some of their best basketball of late with Paul George finally figuring out his role in the rotation. Montrezl Harrell has looked stellar the last week as well. Milwaukee has beaten up on a lot of mediocre teams over its long winning streak and could be a little shell shocked having to play against an actual Finals contender. I expect LA to cover in very close one.

 

Prediction: LA Clippers +3.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Neither team's totals have gone over 232 in recent games with the exception of LA's 150-125 win over Washington, so why am I picking the over here? Well for one, the total has gone over in five of the Clippers last five games when playing on the road against Milwaukee and none of those teams had Kawhi Leonard of Paul George. The total has gone over in nine of Milwaukee's last 13 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division as well. These are two of the highest scoring teams in the NBA (in Milwaukee's case, the highest) and I expect an offensive show from both groups on Friday.

Prediction: Over 232

Ezra Amacher

Ezra Amacher is a professional sportswriter with a decade's worth of experience working for websites and newspapers. He enjoys meticulously analyzing matchups to give readers just what they need to know. Ezra has now brought his talents to us here at StatSalt. He currently resides in the Las Vegas area.

Upcoming Free Picks

Tuesday, Jan 21
NBA
#529 Los Angeles Clippers 231.5
#530 Dallas Mavericks -1.5
8:35pm
View Pick
Tuesday, Jan 21
NCAAB
#601 Butler 129
#602 Villanova -4.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#603 Kansas ST.
#604 Kansas
7:00pm
View Pick
#605 Illinois 125
#606 Purdue -5.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#607 Maryland 129.5
#608 Northwestern 7.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#609 Akron 147.5
#610 Miami - OH 3.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#611 Florida 146.5
#612 LSU -2.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#613 Georgia 142.5
#614 Kentucky -11.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#617 Wichita ST. 125
#618 USF 4.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#615 N. Illinois 135
#616 Kent ST. -9.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#619 E. Michigan 133.5
#620 Bowling Green -8.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#621 W. Michigan 154.5
#622 Buffalo -10.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#623 Toledo 143.5
#624 Ohio U 2.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#625 Texas Tech 124.5
#626 TCU 3
8:00pm
View Pick
#627 Oklahoma ST. 137
#628 Iowa ST. -5.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#629 Wake Forest 136
#630 Clemson -8
8:00pm
View Pick
#631 VCU 147.5
#632 St. Josephs 12
9:00pm
View Pick
#633 Miami - FL
#634 Duke
9:00pm
View Pick
#635 St. John's 151
#636 Marquette -8
9:00pm
View Pick
#637 Nebraska
#638 Wisconsin
9:00pm
View Pick
#639 Ole Miss 129.5
#640 Tennessee -7.5
9:00pm
View Pick
#641 Texas A&M 120.5
#642 Missouri -9
9:00pm
View Pick
#643 San Jose ST. 158.5
#644 New Mexico -11.5
10:00pm
View Pick
#645 Air Force 147.5
#646 Utah ST. -12.5
11:00pm
View Pick
#647 Wyoming
#648 San Diego ST.
11:00pm
View Pick
Tuesday, Jan 21
NHL
#13 Winnipeg Jets 6
#14 Carolina Hurricanes -180
7:05pm
View Pick
#15 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 6
#16 N.Y. Rangers 100
7:05pm
View Pick
#17 Vegas Golden Knights
#18 Boston Bruins
7:05pm
View Pick
#19 Pittsburgh Penguins 6
#20 Philadelphia Flyers 110
7:35pm
View Pick
#21 Florida Panthers
#22 Chicago Blackhawks
8:35pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Jan 22
NBA
#549 Minnesota Timberwolves
#550 Chicago Bulls
8:05pm
View Pick
Wednesday, Jan 22
NCAAB
#785 Syracuse
#786 Notre Dame
7:00pm
View Pick
#799 Duquesne
#800 Rhode Island
7:00pm
View Pick
#849 Cal ST. N.ridge
#850 UCSB
10:00pm
View Pick
Sunday, Feb 2
NFL
#101 49ers 51
#102 Kansas City Chiefs -1.5
6:30pm
View Pick