The Denver Nuggets will travel to face the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night in the marquee at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. With that in mind, it’s a good time to check out our NBA odds series, which includes a Nuggets Bucks prediction and picks listed below.
Denver has had an incredible season and holds the top spot in the Western Conference with a 34-14 record. Since the New Year, Denver has gone 11-2. Nothing has gone wrong for Denver this season, with the team’s longest losing streak lasting just three games.
Milwaukee also had a solid season, going 30-17, good for third place in the Eastern Conference. A nine-game winning streak early in the season set the tone early on and once again cemented the Bucks as one of the NBA’s best players. A deep playoff run seems imminent.
Here are the Nuggets Bucks NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NBA Odds: Nuggets Bucks Odds
Denver Nuggets: +8 (-108)
Milwaukee Bucks: -8 (-112)
About: 231 (-110)
Below: 231 (-110)
How to see Nuggets vs Bucks
TV: High Altitude Sports and Entertainment, Bally Sports Wisconsin
Stream: NBA, NBA League Pass
Time: 8:10 PM ET / 5:10 PM PT
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Why the nuggets could cover the spread
Nikola Jokic has dominated again, leading the team with 25.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game and just missing out on a triple-double. Jokic is extremely efficient when shooting, with a field goal percentage of 62.9 percent. Jamal Murray is back after missing all of last season with a cruciate ligament tear and is second on the team with 19.1 points and 5.7 assists per game. Aaron Gordon is third with 16.6 points per game and shoots 38.3 percent behind the three-point line. Denver leads the league with a 39.7 shot percentage from three-point range. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has shot an impressive 46.4 percent from behind the arc, averaging 11.4 points per game. Seven different Nuggets players are averaging double digits this season.
Denver was dominant on offense and finished second with 28.7 assists per game, complemented by a league-leading shot average of 51.0. Averaging 116.9 points per game, Denver ranks seventh in the league. On defense, Denver has been solid, allowing 112.6 points per game, ranking 13th in the league.
Why the Dollars Might Cover the Spread
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team with 30.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. The Greek freak is shooting 52.4 percent from field as Denver struggles to limit opponents’ shooting. Opponents shot 47.8 percent against Denver. Jrue Holiday leads the team with 7.4 assists, 1.4 steals per game and ranks second with 19.5 points per game. Bobby Portis, who has spent most of the season coming off the bench, averages a double-double with 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Portis is out with a knee injury. Milwaukee ranks second at an average of 48.3 rebounds and ninth at 5.1 blocks per game. Brook Lopez has turned back the clock to average 14.7 points per game, his highest total since 2016-17. Lopez has also blocked 2.5 shots per game. Lopez’s 6.3 rebounds per game also ranks third on the team.
Milwaukee has been pretty average on offense, averaging 113.2 points per game, which ranks 18th in the league. Milwaukee’s defense stifled, allowing just 111.8 points per game, ranking seventh in the league. Facing a stellar Denver offense will be a key test for the Bucks.
Final Nuggets Bucks Prediction & Pick
Denver will be led by MVP nominee Nikola Jokic, who will trump fellow MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Final Nuggets-Bucks Prediction & Pick: Denver +8 (-108), over 231 (-110)