The Milwaukee Bucks (40-13) take the NBA’s best record to Dallas on Friday to play the Mavericks (25-28). The Mavericks have been busy trading players, acquiring Kristaps Porzingis last week, and trading away Harrison Barnes this week. The Bucks have been busy winning, only losing one game in the last 12, going 11-1 since January 13th.
The Mavericks will have a new look to them Friday night when they take on the Bucks. Wednesday night saw the Mavericks trade away seventh year forward Harrison Barnes in exchange for second year guard Josh Jackson and 18 year vet Zach Randolph. Randolph will bring physicality and double digit scoring, averaging 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Kings this season, but it has been reported that the Mavericks may choose to waive Randolph. Jackson is undeveloped, but has long range potential, and could develop into a dangerous 2-guard who is physically versatile enough to play small forward. Time will tell if these additions will propel the Mavericks, who currently sit in 11th place in the Western Conference prior to their matchup with the Bucks.
The Mavericks have been solid coming into Friday’s matchup, winning four of their last six. Despite having an under .500% overall record, the Mavericks are one of the best home teams in the NBA, going 19-7 at home this season, going 3-2 in their last five home games.
Possible starting lineup for the Mavericks: Jalen Brunson, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Max Kleber, Dwight Powell
Dallas Mavericks Home NBA Form
|07.02.2019||WIN||Hornets 93 – 99 Dallas Mavericks|
|28.01.2019||LOSS||Raptors 123 – 120 Dallas Mavericks|
|26.01.2019||WIN||Pistons 101 – 106 Dallas Mavericks|
|17.01.2019||LOSS||Spurs 105 – 101 Dallas Mavericks|
|14.01.2019||LOSS||Warriors 119 – 114 Dallas Mavericks|
The Bucks travel to Dallas with their superstar coming off of yet another MVP-caliber performance. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 43 points against the Wizards in a big 148-129 Bucks win. With performances like these, Antetokounmpo has taken this Bucks team to the top of the league. As it stands, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA, and have one of the best players as well. Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.0 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game, leading the Bucks in all three categories, and has led the Bucks in scoring for the last eight games. Expect much of the same against the Mavericks. Giannis scored 31 points and collected 15 rebounds the last time these two teams met, with the game ending 116-106 in favor of the Bucks.
The Bucks are on top of the Eastern Conference standings, and playing the most fluent basketball in the league. Milwaukee has won five in a row coming into Friday’s matchup with the Mavericks, and are the winners of 19 of their last 22. The Bucks are a decent road team, going 17-9 away from home this season, and possessing a record of 4-1 in their last five road games.
Starting lineup for the Bucks is likely to consist of Jalen Brunson, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Max Kleber, Dwight Powell.
Milwaukee Bucks Away NBA Form
|05.02.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 113 – 94 Nets|
|01.02.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 105 – 92 Raptors|
|30.01.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 115 – 105 Pistons|
|27.01.2019||LOSS||Milwaukee Bucks 112 – 118 Thunder|
|20.01.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 118 – 108 Magic|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 08:00 GMT 08/02/2019
Key matchup to watch
Luka Doncic v. Khris Middleton
Luka Doncic will have to continue is productive season on Friday, when the Mavericks play their first game without Harrison Barnes. Barnes was averaging 17.7 points per game, and was the second leading scorer behind Doncic. Expect Luka to take more shots than usual against the Bucks, as his Mavs will need his scoring. Doncic is averaging 20.6 points this season, and has scored 26.3 points in his last 5 games, making him the player to watch on Friday for the Mavs. He will be matched up with Bucks forward Khris Middleton. Middleton, who was just named to his first All-Star team, is averaging 17.3 points and 1.1 steals per game, and has played a huge part in the success of the Bucks this season. Middleton stretches the floor for the Bucks, shooting 6.1 threes per game, and hitting 38% of them.
Our Verdict and Best Bets
The Bucks come into the matchup with the Mavericks as the heavy favorites, despite the strong home record Dallas has. This Mavericks organization has been very busy over the last few days, swapping players and moving assets. Look for all of these transactions to catch up to Dallas on the court. The Mavericks won’t be at their best on Friday due to the transitions that come with trades, so we see the Bucks winning this one big.
Winning Margin, Bucks 11+ @ 2.30 (13/10) with Betfair.