Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks NBA Analysis, Odds & Picks
The Houston Rockets (10-21) and the Milwaukee Bucks (19-13) face off at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday, December 22nd. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M. EST.
The Rockets are near the very bottom of the Western Conference and most recently played on Monday, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls. They are 5-5 over the course of their past ten games.
Milwaukee is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference but have dropped two consecutive games, including a recent loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bucks are also 5-5 over their past ten games.
The Bucks have displayed signs of domination at times this year. However, they have not been able to consistently win in a convincing fashion. Milwaukee is hopeful that a big win on Wednesday could jumpstart a potential winning streak moving forward.
Let’s take a look at this cross-conference matchup.
Betting Analysis for Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks NBA
Houston Rockets Betting Stats & Analysis
The Houston Rockets have been underwhelming just about all season long. Other than a seven-game winning streak that lasted from the end of November through the beginning of December, Houston has struggled to find any form of consistency.
But the winning streak was surely a nice highlight for the team to fall back on. It also got them out of the cellar in regards to being the very worst team in the league. That honor now belongs to the Detroit Pistons.
The Rockets do have quality young talent despite their overall record with players such as Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr.
Wood leads the team in points and rebounds with 16.9 points and 11 rebounds per game to go along with one block per contest. He is somebody who could be an interesting trade chip for Houston.
Porter Jr. has been productive with 12.8 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game.
The Rockets’ best overall asset has been sharing the basketball. They rank 14th in the NBA with 23.5 assists per game. However, they have been dreadful when it comes to taking care of the ball.
Houston ranks 30th in the NBA 16.7 turnovers per game. That kind of number is destined to leave you near the bottom of the league. The Rockets will try and change their turnover narrative against the Bucks on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Stats & Analysis
The Bucks have not been quite as dominant as some expected them to be. They are currently trailing Brooklyn, Chicago, and Cleveland in the East.
But much of that is due to injuries they have endured during the season.
There is good news and bad news for Milwaukee leading into Wednesday’s action.
The bad news for Milwaukee is that Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for the game due to health and safety protocols. It is possible he is activated for Wednesday’s game, but it seems unlikely at this point.
At the very least, the Bucks are hopeful he can return for the Christmas Day game. But his status is uncertain for that affair as well.
The good news for the Bucks is that Khris Middleton is expected to be on the floor following a minor knee injury. His presence will be extremely valuable, especially if Giannis cannot play.
Milwaukee ranks within the top 10 in the NBA in points and rebounds per game. However, they are just 23rd in assists per game. Jrue Holiday is the team assists leader with 6.4.
But the Bucks would benefit from a more efficient brand of ball movement moving forward. It will be important for them to start racking up the assists as they strive towards repeating as NBA champions.
Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks NBA Betting Trends
Houston is 16-4-1 ATS this season. The Rockets are 9-7-1 ATS on the road so far in 2021. The Rockets are 13-12-1 ATS as an underdog this year.
The Rockets are 3-14 SU this season. They are just 2-14 SU as an away underdog. Houston has a 16-15 over/under record this year.
Milwaukee is 13-19 ATS this season. The Bucks have posted a 5-10 ATS record at home this year. They are 11-12 ATS as a favorite this year.
Milwaukee is 10-5 SU at home in 2021. They are 9-3 SU as a home favorite. The Bucks have an over/under record of 12-20.
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The Milwaukee Bucks are the favorites in this game. They are the better team, even with Giannis potentially not in the lineup.
Christian Wood is listed as questionable for the game as well. If Wood is unable to suit up, the Bucks will instantly become even more of a heavier favorite.
A win on Wednesday would be huge for the confidence of Milwaukee. Yes, it is a game they are expected to win. But as long as they play quality basketball, this could be the kind of game that sets them in the right direction.
Expect Houston to hang around in the first half. But Milwaukee should have no problem pulling away in the second half en route to the victory.
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