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NBA Game Preview - Bucks underdogs vs Trail Blazers at Portland

Milwaukee BucksPortland Trail Blazers
13-54March 18, 2014, 10:00 | Moda Center43-24

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Tuesday when the Bucks of Milwaukee hit the hard court against the Trail Blazers of Portland.

The Trail Blazers sit at 43-24 (36-31 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bucks are currently 13-54 (29-37-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Portland is 38-28-1 OU, and Milwaukee is 37-30 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

Portland opened as -12-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 209 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 10-rated Trail Blazers and the No. 26-rated Bucks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-87 win for the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

In their last action, Milwaukee was a 101-92 loser at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (193) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Milwaukee suffered a 101-92 loss against Charlotte on Sunday, getting 21 points from Brandon Knight in a losing effort at Bradley Center.

The Trail Blazers were a 113-112 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Warriors. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (225) made winners of OVER bettors. The Trail Blazers wasted a 26-point performance from Damian Lillard as Golden State ran past them 113-112 on Sunday at Moda Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 2-ranked offense (107.37 PPG) against a Bucks defense that ranks No. 23 at 102.7 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 44.95% from the field per game, more than the Bucks have managed so far this season (43.06% on average).

Next up:
Milwaukee at Golden State, Thursday, March 20th
Portland home to Washington, Thursday, March 20th