Dave Carney 1/7/2022
What’s on the table today?: Bucks vs Nets (Betting Preview)
Bucks (+5) / Nets (-5) / total 228 ½
Tonight Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo meet when the Nets host the Bucks. Durant leads the NBA averaging 28.7 points per game and Giannis is third in the league averaging 27.9 points per game.
The teams meet for the second time this season. The Bucks won 127-104 in the last meeting on Oct. 19. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 32 points, and Durant led the Nets with 32 points.
The Nets have gone 18-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn has a 4-0 record in games decided by less than 4 points.
The Bucks are 17-11 against Eastern Conference opponents. Milwaukee is third in the league with 47.0 rebounds per game led by Antetokounmpo averaging 11.5.
While Antetokounmpo is done with the protocol, the Bucks were missing Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, George Hill and coach Mike Budenholzer due to the protocol. Darvin Ham filled in for Budenholzer on Wednesday and likely will do so again Friday.
The Nets have lost three of their past four games. After trailing by 28 in a 118-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, the Nets staged their largest comeback of the season by rallying from 19 down for a 129-121 win at Indiana in Kyrie Irving’s return as a part-time player on Wednesday.
Irving scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter but is ineligible to appear in home games because of New York City’s vaccine mandate.
Recent Betting Trends:
- Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games.
- Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog.
- Nets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 5-1 in Bucks last 6 overall.
- Under is 7-1-1 in Nets last 9 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 6-1 in Nets last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600