Since firing head coach Jason Kidd on January 22, the Milwaukee Bucks have been reignited. Milwaukee has emerged as a surprise NBA betting online contender to win the Central Division. The Bucks have a dominant star forward in Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was close to Kidd and offered to intervene to save his job. But the rest of the Bucks tuned out Kidd and his old school ways. Interim head coach Joe Prunty has triggered a brief spike in performance for Milwaukee. Whether that can be sustained is the big question. The Bucks host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
The Milwaukee Bucks are in their best NBA betting online stretch of the season. They have gone 8-2 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. The Bucks are just two games behind Cleveland in the Central Division race. On Tuesday Milwaukee scored a 97-92 home win over Atlanta. They went under the total for the ninth time in ten games. New coach Joe Prunty has been fine tuning a good defense that ranks tenth best in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 27.6 points, 4.7 assists and 10.4 rebounds per game. The Greek will be making his second straight All Star appearance on Sunday. The firing of Kidd was well received by the majority of Bucks players. The roster had tired of what were described as Kidd’s head games. But Antetokounmpo was the lone holdout. He was close to Kidd and developed well under his strong leadership.
The Denver Nuggets have lacked identity since the 2010 trading of superstar Carmelo Anthony. The firing of former head coach George Karl was another setback. Although they are closing in on their first playoff spot since 2013 the Nuggets are nowhere near an actual playoff contender. The NBA’s ninth ranked offense has been their asset. Gary Harris is their leading scorer with 17.3 points per game. Denver has paid out in just ten out of 27 away games this season.
Denver has covered the sports betting odds in five out of their last seven games against Milwaukee. Over the total has hit in three out of the last five games in this series. Denver has held its own as a betting value at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Nuggets have left Milwaukee with a sack of cash in five out of their last seven visits. Under the total has hit four straight times at Brew City in this series.
Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Date and Time: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Nuggets +3 (-110) 213 (-110)
Bucks -3 (-110) 213 (-110)
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Matchup to Watch
Although Denver has had NBA betting online success at Milwaukee they have been a poor road value this season. The mediocre Bucks offense should have a better than normal night vs. the Nuggets defense. Milwaukee has been home for five days and will be well rested. The coaching change has generated a sugar rush for the Bucks. Whether they are able to sustain in remains to be seen. In this matchup Antetokounmpo and their new found attitude bring Milwaukee the edge.
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Milwaukee has the best player on the court with Antetokounmpo. They also have the superior defense.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Bucks 96, Nuggets 85
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