Milwaukee Charges Into Orlando
NBA’s Tuesday night action features a battle between the Milwaukee Bucks (46-18) and the Orlando Magic (27-38). Milwaukee sits atop the Eastern Conference standings, while Orlando has the third-worst record in the conference.
The Magic are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games. Will they pull off the upset against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co? Let’s look at how each team is trending before making our NBA picks.
Bucks Red-Hot on the Road
Milwaukee vaulted up conference standings in recent weeks thanks to a 16-game winning streak, which is the best stretch of the season. The streak was snapped on Saturday with a 133-130 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks bounced back from their first loss since Jan. 21 with a 117-111 win against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Milwaukee remains an excellent NBA point spread bet. In fact, the Bucks are on an eight-game winning streak on the road while going 8-0 ATS.
Antetokounmpo continues to dominate with at least 30 points in three of the last four games. Second-leading scorer Jrue Holiday (19.9 points) is questionable with a neck injury. Milwaukee could need even more production from Antetokounmpo, who has averaged 32.7 points in his last three games against the Magic. The two-time MVP going over his projected scoring total looks like one of the best NBA bets tonight.
Orlando’s Rebounding Disadvantage?
As usual, Orlando has gone unnoticed for most of the season. Rookie forward Paolo Banchero (20 points) is the only player making notable NBA news headlines. He has posted at least 26 points in three of the last four. The Rookie of the Year favorite will have a tall task against the association’s third-best team in defensive efficiency.
Paolo Banchero scores 29 with multiple clutch jumpers in the win!
“In those moments, you kind of just got to be able to go get a basket. I was confident I could do that.” pic.twitter.com/LYj4wJfznb
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 28, 2023
Even at home, the Magic have struggled. They have lost back-to-back games in Amway Center and have not covered the spread in four straight home games. Meanwhile, the Bucks are the top class of the East with +180 odds to win the conference, per NBA lines.
Orlando also has several players questionable for Tuesday, including guard Gary Harris (8.4 points) and center Wendell Carter Jr. (15 points and 8.8 rebounds). The Bucks lead the NBA in rebounds per game. Carter, who leads the Magic in rebounds, would be a major absence.
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Bucks vs Magic Head-to-Head
The Bucks have dominated this matchup with 13 consecutive wins. Milwaukee is also 4-1 ATS in the last five. However, the Magic covered their last home game against the Bucks.
Bucks vs Magic Game Information
- Game: Bucks (46-18) vs Magic (27-38)
- Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Bucks vs Magic Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Bucks vs Magic Betting Lines
Bucks vs Magic Picks and Prediction
The sportsbook lists the Magic as seven-point underdogs. If Carter does not play, Orlando’s chances will only dip. Limiting the Bucks’ 3-point shooting could be the Magic’s best bet. Orlando ranks sixth in opponent 3-point percentage, while Milwaukee is fourth in made 3-pointers per game.
However, the Magic have no answer for Antetokounmpo in the paint. Orlando holds the second-worst mark, with opponents shooting 56.9% on 2-pointers. Plus, Banchero has struggled against the Bucks. He shot 4-of-13 in the last matchup and 4-of-16 on Dec. 5. Take Milwaukee to cover on the road.
Milwaukee is listed at -280 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bucks, you have a chance to win $36. Orlando is +230, offering a chance to win $230 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Milwaukee a 73.68% chance to win, with the Magic at 30.30%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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Bucks vs Magic Game Summary
Magic vs Bucks Previous Game (Mar 1, 2023)
The Milwaukee Bucks have won 15 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NBA this season. They will face the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, a team that has grown throughout the season, especially on the defensive end.
On Monday, the Magic beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-93 behind a solid defensive effort and 29 points from Paolo Banchero. As for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo was somehow healthy enough to face the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, scoring 33 points in a 118-104 victory.
It will be hard for the Magic to beat Milwaukee based on talent. The question will be how effective the Bucks will be on the second of a back-to-back, facing a tough defense. Both teams featured two of the best defenses in the NBA over the last 15 games, which could lead to a very low-scoring game.
The Bucks should still be able to win easily, having just enough offense to keep their winning streak.