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Bucks face Pelicans: NBA odds preview

Milwaukee BucksNew Orleans Pelicans
12-48March 07, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena24-37

The Pelicans will hit the floor running against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Pelicans sit at 24-37 (25-32-4 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bucks are currently 12-48 (25-35 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New Orleans is 29-32 OU, and Milwaukee is 34-26 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Milwaukee Bucks vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

The Bucks were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 201 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

It's a betting matchup between the No. 26-rated Pelicans and the No. 29-ranked Bucks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 89-84 result in favor of the Pelicans.

The Bucks were a 116-102 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (218) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bucks wasted a 25-point performance from Brandon Knight as Sacramento ran past them 116-102 on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

New Orleans won its last outing, a 132-125 result against the Lakers on March 4. The Pelicans covered in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 257 combined points took the game OVER the total. New Orleans went on a scoring spree on Tuesday at STAPLES Center, running up a big 132-125 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA betting action.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 19-ranked offense (99.2 PPG) against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 20 at 102.12 PPG. The Pelicans have averaged 45.64% from the field per game, more than the Bucks have managed so far this season (42.87% on average).

A few Bucks at Pelicans trends to consider:
Milwaukee is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Milwaukee is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Orleans's last 9 games
New Orleans is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Washington, Saturday, March 8th
New Orleans home to Denver, Sunday, March 9th