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Bucks Thunder Betting Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder Milwaukee Bucks
5-3 November 16, 2013, 08:30 | Bradley Center 2-6



The Bucks will be trying to slam the Thunder on Saturday when the teams tip off at Bradley Center in NBA betting action.

The Bucks sport a record of 2-6 and 4-4 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Thunder sit at 5-3 and 3-5 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-5 for the Bucks and 6-2 for the Thunder. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Oklahoma City Thunder vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bucks sat as 10.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 199.5.

The Bucks - Thunder odds would favor the Thunder if the lines were set according to power ranks. Milwaukee is rated No. 14 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Thunder sit at No. 4. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 93-85 win for the Thunder.

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Oklahoma City lost its last outing, a 116-115 result against the Warriors on November 14. The Thunder covered in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 231 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Thunder got a terrific 31-point performance from Russell Westbrook but Golden State handed them a 116-115 defeat on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 104-77 result against the Pacers on November 15. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as a 14-point underdog, while the 181 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bucks were blown out by Indiana on Friday, losing by a 104-77 final at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 91.62 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 24 at 103.62 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 42.3% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 44.95% per game.

Next up:
Oklahoma City home to Denver, Monday, November 18th
Milwaukee home to Portland, Wednesday, November 20th