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Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds
The Trail Blazers will try to cover the spread at Rose Garden on Saturday when they get a visit from the Bucks in basketball action.
The Trail Blazers bring a 20-19 record (18-19-2 ATS) to the battle against the 20-18 Bucks, who are 19-18-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Portland go 18-21 so far and the Bucks go 17-21. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Trail Blazers installed as 3.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 196.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Trail Blazers - Bucks odds would favor the Bucks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Portland is rated No. 19 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bucks sit at No. 15. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-95 win for the Bucks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 96.9 PPG, against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 17 at 97.4 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 43.4% so far, more than the Bucks shooters have achieved on the year, 43.2% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bucks own the league's No. 8-rated mark, allowing 96.2 points per game when playing on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring on their home court.
Milwaukee won its last outing, a 98-94 result against the Suns on January 17. The Bucks covered in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 192 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bucks grabbed a 98-94 win over the Suns on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Monta Ellis at US Airways Center.
Last time out for Portland, they were a 93-88 loser as they battled the Cavaliers at home. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 6-point favorite, while 181 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Nicolas Batum scored 23 points and added 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 93-88 against Cleveland in NBA action at Rose Garden.
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 9-1
After a loss are 5-5
A few Bucks at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Milwaukee's last 15 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Milwaukee's last 18 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 14 games on the road
Milwaukee is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Portland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Portland's last 15 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Milwaukee home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, January 22
Portland home to Washington, Monday, January 21