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Milwaukee BucksPhoenix Suns
Jan 17, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Odds

19-18TEAM RECORD13-27

Milwaukee pays a visit to Phoenix on Thursday, hoping to send the Suns to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at US Airways Center.

Phoenix battles the Bucks, currently with a 19-18 mark (18-18-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-23 for the Suns and 17-20 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Suns sat as 1-point favorites. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 199.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 29 and the Bucks at No. 15 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-93 result in favor of the Bucks.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 18-ranked offense (95.4 PPG) against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 17 at 97.5 PPG. The Suns have averaged 44.5% from the field per game, more than the Bucks have managed so far this season (43.2% on average).

Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.3 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

The Bucks were a 104-88 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (192) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bucks got 17 points from Monta Ellis, but it was Los Angeles that prevailed in a 104-88 final on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.

Phoenix lost its last outing, a 102-90 result against the Thunder on January 14. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Phoenix got 21 points from Shannon Brown but lost anyway 102-90 against the Thunder on Monday at US Airways Center.

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Sacramento are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 9-1
After a loss are 2-8

A few Bucks at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Milwaukee's last 18 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 13 games on the road
Milwaukee is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games
Phoenix is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee at Portland, Saturday, January 19
Phoenix at Sacramento, Wednesday, January 23