The New Orleans Pelicans (30-39) play host to the Milwaukee Bucks (50-17) in their second and final meeting of the season.
New Orleans Pelicans
For the past couple months, this New Orleans team has found themselves in “no-man’s land” in the Western Conference, meaning that they haven’t lost enough games to consider tanking for a high draft pick, but they are nowhere near playoff contention. This has led to a number of lackluster performances that have lacked motivation. New Orleans has been especially lacking on defense. The Pelicans have allowed opponents to score 110+ points in 12 straight games, and have given up a combined 255 points in their last two games alone. Their defensive efforts have them giving up an average of 115.4 points per game to opponents, with only the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks giving up more. The underperforming defense will have their hands full on Tuesday, when Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Eastern Conference’s highest scoring offense visit New Orleans.
The Pelicans are far from in-form as of late, losing three games in a row. New Orleans is 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Pelicans have performed well at home this season, going 18-14 in 32 games. In their last five home games, New Orleans has gone 2-3. The Eastern Conference has given the Pelicans fits this season, as New Orleans has recorded a 10-16 record against teams from the east.
New Orleans Pelicans Home NBA Form
|08.03.2019||LOSS||Raptors 127 – 104 New Orleans Pelicans|
|06.03.2019||LOSS||Jazz 114 – 104 New Orleans Pelicans|
|25.02.2019||LOSS||76ers 110 – 111 New Orleans Pelicans|
|23.02.2019||WIN||Lakers 115 – 128 New Orleans Pelicans|
|14.02.2019||WIN||Thunder 122 – 131 New Orleans Pelicans|
With just 15 games left to play, the Bucks are closing in on locking up the number one seed overall in the NBA playoffs. As it stands, the Bucks are two and a half games above the second place Raptors. Additionally, the Bucks have even out-performed the Golden State Warriors, with Milwaukee holding the NBA’s best record. If Milwaukee is able to finish strong, they will have earned home court advantage throughout the playoffs, a huge advantage in the postseason. The Bucks run-in looks favorable, as Milwaukee only have six more away games. One of those games is Tuesday, against the Pelicans. The Bucks were able to take care of New Orleans in an earlier encounter this season, beating the Pelicans 123-115 in Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo had an efficient game on the night, hitting 8-13 shots from the field, going for 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. Antetokounmpo is expected to be involved heavily again Tuesday night, as the MVP candidate looks to close his regular season out strong. Giannis is having a monster March so far, averaging 27.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game through six games.
The Bucks lost to the Spurs the last time out, but still hold a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. The Bucks have accumulated the most road wins in the NBA this season, going 23-12 in 35 games. In their last five away games, the Bucks have struggled, posting a 2-3 record. In games versus teams from the Western Conference, the Bucks are 16-9 in 25 games.
Milwaukee Bucks Away NBA Form
|10.03.2019||LOSS||Milwaukee Bucks 114 – 121 Spurs|
|04.03.2019||LOSS||Milwaukee Bucks 0 – 114 Suns|
|02.03.2019||LOSS||Milwaukee Bucks 111 – 115 Jazz|
|01.03.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 131 – 120 Lakers|
|27.02.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 141 – 140 Kings|
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 12/03/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
The Bucks lost their last time out, but this might be a good thing for Milwaukee. The Bucks are 14-1 after losses this season, and has only lost back-to-back games once so far. Milwaukee will also have the luxury of playing a Jrue Holiday-less Pelicans team, as the guard is set to miss Tuesday night’s game with an abdominal injury. This sets the stage nicely for Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe has been the ball handler running the show in Milwaukee, and is projected to have a big influence on Tuesday’s game against the Pelicans. New Orleans defense looks just a bit too shaky to get a big win over the Bucks, so we are taking the Bucks for the win, and the OVER in this interconference matchup.