Bucks open as NBA underdog vs Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets Odds
The Rockets will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Bucks tip off at Toyota Center on Wednesday in NBA play.
The Bucks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 25-29-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Rockets are 32-25-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Milwaukee is 27-28 on the totals; Houston is 32-26.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 13-rated Bucks taking on the No. 8-rated Rockets in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 104-101 win for the Rockets on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (106.3 PPG) against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 18 at 98.7 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 46.3% from the field per game, more than the Bucks have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 98 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the league in scoring at home.
Milwaukee won its last outing, a 95-90 result against the Mavericks on February 26. The Bucks covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 185 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Milwaukee earned a 95-90 victory over Dallas on Tuesday, getting 22 points from Monta Ellis at American Airlines Center.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 105-103 loser as they battled the Wizards on the road. The Rockets failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 208 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. James Harden went off for 27 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Washington defeated Houston, 105-103 at Verizon Center.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Dallas are 2-8
After a win are 4-6
Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 4-6
After playing Washington are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4
A few Bucks at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing Houston
Milwaukee is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
Milwaukee is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
Houston is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee home to Toronto, Saturday, March 2
Houston at Orlando, Friday, March 1