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Bucks visit Nets in hoops battle

Milwaukee BucksBrooklyn Nets
6-22December 27, 2013, 07:30 | Barclays Center9-19

The Brooklyn Nets host Milwaukee on Friday, looking to build on their 9-19 mark against the 6-22 Bucks in NBA action at Barclays Center.

The Nets sit at 9-19 (11-17 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bucks are currently 6-22 (11-17 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Brooklyn is 15-12-1 OU, and Milwaukee is 15-13 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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The visitors opened this morning as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 195 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Nets sit at No. 28 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Bucks are at No. 29 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Nets will win this game 86-84.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 111-110 loser as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Bucks covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 221 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Milwaukee got 26 points and 14 assists from Brandon Knight in a losing cause in a 111-110 loss to Charlotte on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

In their last action, Brooklyn was a 95-78 loser at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (173) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Nets endured a 95-78 loss at the hands of the Bulls on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Deron Williams at Barclays Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Brooklyn's No. 28-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 25-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Brooklyn rates No. 18 in the league with 7.29 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 with 7.07 per outing.

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Minnesota, Saturday, December 28th
Brooklyn at Indiana, Saturday, December 28th