Little Separating Eastern Conference Heavyweights
The Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-1 in the four-game season series, so they’re looking to even the ledger against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
NBA betting markets have the Hawks at +2½ with home court advantage, which isn’t surprising given the Bucks superior overall record.
However, they return home from a four-game road trip which included a win over the Clippers.
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Bucks vs Hawks. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Bucks Don’t Often Lose Series
A shining light of the Bucks over the last few years has been their ability to win series. Not many would have predicted the Hawks winning a set against the Bucks, so they’ll want to even it at 2-2.
They won the first meeting at home before losing by 19 and 15 points respectively, which isn’t very Buck-like.
Not having the likes of Khris Middleton and Serge Ibaka on the floor hasn’t helped, but Giannis Antetokoumpo is a one-man wrecking crew with 31.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
They showed their toughness when beating the Knicks 111-107 on the road as +1 underdogs. It was a fantastic line for bettors and they’re getting another favorable line at -2½ against the Hawks.
The Bucks are 21-17-2 against the spread at the sportsbook, so they’re doing enough to keep bettors happy and it’s because they’ve been undervalued by bookmakers recently. Injuries have had something to do with the lines, so it could pay to jump on the Bucks when they’re giving away only 2½ points.
Hawks Seek Momentum
Following the Hawks can induce headaches, but after scoring a 112-108 win over the struggling Clippers, they could be heading in the right direction.
Trae Young scored 30 points and De’Andre Hunter chimed in with a valuable 20 to set up the comeback win.
“We just got to keep building on it. We can’t take no steps back,” Hunter said. The first half we were just flowing. Everybody was touching the ball, everybody was getting shots, and everybody was playing defense. We just had a good rhythm.”
It’s all about rhythm for the Hawks, but they haven’t enjoyed consistent success. They are 16-24 ATS, which is a terrible record and it makes taking the +2½ against the Bucks tough.
However, their recent success against the Bucks helps and it could give them enough confidence to take the 3-1 series win.
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Bucks vs Hawks Head-to-Head
The Hawks covered the last two spreads when winning the game outright as +5½ and +3½ underdogs.
It’s a 5-5 ATS split over the last 10 games and Atlanta has covered in its last three home games. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings against the Bucks at home.
The clubs have split 232 regular-season meetings.
Bucks vs Hawks Game Information
- Game: Bucks (26-14) vs Hawks (19-21)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta
- Bucks vs Hawks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Bucks vs Hawks Picks & Prediction
When the Bucks are only -2½ favorites against a team such as the Hawks, we can’t turn down the offer.
The Bucks are the much better and more consistent team, who will hate having a losing record against the Hawks, so pick them to even the series at 2-2.
We expect most of the money to come for the Bucks, so take the line before it potentially moves to -3.
Over 234 is worth including NBA parlays. We expect a high-scoring Eastern Conference battle.
Milwaukee is listed at -135 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bucks, there’s a chance to win $74. Atlanta is +115, offering a chance to win $115 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Milwaukee a 57.45% chance to win, with the Hawks at 46.51%.
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Bucks vs Hawks Previous Game (Nov. 07, 2022)
As the NBA’s final undefeated team, the Milwaukee Bucks will defend their nine-game win streak against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. The Hawks have won two consecutive games, including Saturday’s 124-121 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
This will be a strength-against-strength matchup. Milwaukee (9-0) boasts the Association’s best defense, while Atlanta (6-3) features a potent offense. Which unit will have its way on Monday night?
Antetokounmpo’s status will likely decide this game. In their last matchup, “The Greek Freak” was a problem for the Hawks, posting 34 points and 17 rebounds. Without him, the Bucks will be in trouble.
Atlanta has controlled the pace of nearly every game. The Hawks rank second with 94.4 field goal attempts per game and are taking care of the ball with 11.8 turnovers per game (second). Atlanta controlled the tempo in its last matchup against the Bucks. The Hawks will do that once again, leading to a win and cover.
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