NBA Game Preview - Bucks underdogs vs Jazz at Utah
Milwaukee Bucks vs Utah Jazz Odds
EnergySolutions Arena will feature Jazz vs. Bucks action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NBA action.
This season the Jazz are 27-22 overall and 23-25-1 ATS against the number, while the Bucks are 25-22 and 23-23-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Utah is 23-25-1 on the OU, and Milwaukee is 25-22.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Jazz as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 201.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 13 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-98 victory for the Jazz.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bucks rank No. 6 in the league with 43.7 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is the NBA’s No. 23-ranked team at 6.2 per game, while the Bucks rate No. 18 with 6.6 per contest.
Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.6 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
The Bucks were a 112-104 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (216) made winners of OVER bettors. Samuel Dalembert was dynamite, scoring 35 points and adding 12 rebounds but Denver still won, 112-104, over Milwaukee on Tuesday at Pepsi Center.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 98-91 winner as they battled the Kings at home. The Jazz failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite, while 189 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Utah earned a 98-91 victory over Sacramento on Monday, getting 20 points from Randy Foye at EnergySolutions Arena.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Bucks at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 10 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 16 games when playing Utah
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Utah is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Utah is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Milwaukee
Utah is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Milwaukee home to Detroit, Saturday, February 9
Utah home to Chicago, Friday, February 8