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NBA Game Preview - Bucks underdogs vs Jazz at Utah

Milwaukee BucksUtah Jazz
7-24January 02, 2014, 09:00 | EnergySolutions Arena10-24

The visiting Bucks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at EnergySolutions Arena against the Jazz.

The Bucks will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 12-19 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Jazz are 15-18-1 ATS. Milwaukee is 17-14 against the total, while Utah is 15-19 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Utah Jazz Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Jazz as -4-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 190.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 23 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bucks, who rate No. 30 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 84-82 victory for the Jazz.

Milwaukee was a 94-79 winner in its last match on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 173 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles was victimized by Brandon Knight for 37 points as the Bucks defeated the Lakers 94-79 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Utah won its last outing, an 83-80 result against the Bobcats on December 30. The Jazz covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 163 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Utah got 21 points from Trey Burke en route to an 83-80 victory over Charlotte on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bucks rank No. 24 in the league with 41.65 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 26 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is the NBA’s No. 26-ranked team at 6.38 per game, while the Bucks rate No. 21 with 7.03 per contest.

Next up:
Milwaukee at Phoenix, Saturday, January 4th
Utah at Los Angeles, Friday, January 3rd