The Milwaukee Bucks (50-16) visit the San Antonio Spurs (37-29) in their second and last meeting of the season.
San Antonio Spurs
As the regular season begins to count down, the Spurs find themselves in the playoff picture, but things could be better. At the moment, San Antonio is in the eighth and final playoff spot in the west, and have a three and a half game lead over the ninth place Kings. With only a half game between eighth and sixth place, the Spurs will feel as if they still have work to do this season. After all, San Antonio would prefer to avoid matching up with the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. DeMar DeRozan is playing some of his best basketball at the right time, as the forward is averaging 22.1 points per game in his last 10 games. In his first year in San Antonio, the 29-year-old DeRozan has been instrumental in the success of the Spurs this season, as he is leading the team in scoring and assisting, averaging 21.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. Keep an eye on DeRozan in the game against the Bucks on Sunday. DeRozan scored 34 points against the Bucks in the first meeting between these two teams this season.
The Spurs are riding a four game win streak into their matchup with the Bucks on Sunday. San Antonio is 5-5 in the last 10 games. Despite being in eighth place in the west, the Spurs have the second best home record in the Western Conference, going 25-7 at home. San Antonio is 5-0 in their last five at home. The Spurs have been mediocre against teams from the east this season, going 11-10 in 21 games versus Eastern Conference competition.
San Antonio Spurs Expected Starting Lineup
Derrick White, Bryn Forbes, Demar DeRozan, Davis Bertans, LaMarcus Aldridge
San Antonio Spurs Home NBA Form
|04.03.2019||WIN||Nuggets 103 – 104 San Antonio Spurs|
|02.03.2019||WIN||Thunder 102 – 116 San Antonio Spurs|
|27.02.2019||WIN||Pistons 93 – 105 San Antonio Spurs|
|02.02.2019||WIN||Pelicans 108 – 113 San Antonio Spurs|
|31.01.2019||WIN||Nets 114 – 117 San Antonio Spurs|
The team with the NBA’s best record goes again on Sunday night when the Bucks visit the Spurs. The Bucks won the first matchup, a 135-129 thriller, back in November. Much has changed for both teams since then. The Bucks have gotten stronger, and established one of the most consistent and successful identities in the NBA. Milwaukee has found the perfect balance of three point shooting and the shooting of high percentage shots in the paint. Three point shooters Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, and Nikola Mirotic all shoot the three-ball at a high percentage, with both Brogdon (43.6%) and Mirotic (39.0%) are hitting at 39%+. Giannis Antetokounmpo offers an ideal alternative on offense, shooting 58% from the field, and grabbing 2.3 offensive rebounds per game. This formula has been highly successful this season, and has put them in prime position leading up to the playoffs.
Milwaukee is coming off of two big double digit wins, and has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Bucks have been an efficient road team this season, going 23-11 in 34 games away from home. In their last five road games, the Bucks went 3-2. Milwaukee has been good against teams from the west, recording a 16-8 record in games against Western Conference opposition.
Milwaukee Bucks Expected Starting Lineup
Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Milwaukee Bucks Away NBA Form
|04.03.2019||LOSS||Milwaukee Bucks 105 – 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|
|25.02.2019||WIN||Milwaukee Bucks 117 – 106 Bulls|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 13:00 GMT 10/03/2019
- The Milwaukee Bucks have won the last five matches with the San Antonio Spurs
- The Spurs have won four games in a row heading into Sunday’s game
- The Bucks have scored 130+ points in three of their last six games
- The first matchup between these two teams this season resulted in 264 points
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Two seemingly playoff-bound teams clash on Sunday, with the Spurs looking like the team with more to play for. San Antonio are fighting to get out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference standings, and will like their chances at home, even against the Bucks. The Spurs haven’t lost a home game since January, and have only lost seven games at home this season. The Spurs have been solid on defense as of late as well, holding opponents to under 105 points in each of their last five games. Expect a low scoring Spurs win on Friday, with a big performance from DeMar DeRozan.