Check out our free Bucks vs Suns pick and preview for this NBA game in Phoenix. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bucks vs Suns NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns
- Where: Phoenix at Footprint Center
- Date: Tuesday, March 14th
- Betting Odds PHO +1.5, MIL -123 | PHO +102 O/U OFF
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 49-19. So far, the team has gone 37-27-4 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Bucks took down the Kings by a score of 133-124. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Milwaukee actually trailed the Kings by 9 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 3. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 46 points while hitting 67.9% of his shots.
So far, the Suns have put together an overall record of 37-31, while going 37-29-2 vs the spread. Against the Bucks, the Suns are looking to break out of a 2 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -10.0 points per contest.
Phoenix is trying to bounce back from a 123-112 loss to the Warriors. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Phoenix got off to a slow start, trailing by 17 points going into halftime. In the loss, Devin Booker led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Bucks picked up a 104-101 win over the Suns. However, heading into the game, Milwaukee was favored to win by 3.5 points, giving the Suns and ATS victory. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Bucks averaged 119.5 points per game vs the Suns. On the other side, Phoenix saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Bucks, as they averaged 126.5 points per game in these matchups. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Bucks and Suns with just 0 points per game separating the teams. Milwaukee has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. Over the course of these games, they averaged 228 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bucks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.1 points per game (9th). So far, Milwaukee is averaging 100.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. So far, the team has been able to rank well on offense, even though their up-tempo style of play has not translated into inside scoring. Currently, Milwaukee is just 26th in 2-point field goal makes per game.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
Power-Foward Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks at 31.5 points per game. For the season, he is 1st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.9 boards and 5.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 4th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jrue Holiday enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 56 games, he is averaging 19.5 and is 67th in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Phoenix offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 113.4 points per game. The Suns come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.3 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Phoenix has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.2 turnovers per game.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Suns are giving up an average of 107.33 points per game, good for 9th in the NBA.
Phoenix will be counting Devin Booker to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Milwaukee, as Kevin Durant has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Durant leads the team in scoring at 29.5 points per game. Booker is 2nd on the team at 27.8 points per contest, which sits 10.0th in the NBA. In his 41 games, he has hit 49.3% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game.
Bucks vs Suns Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF