The Milwaukee Bucks host the Washington Wizards for a second straight game. But this time, the team gets back Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the NBA betting lines now favor them widely. Washington trounced Milwaukee on New Year’s Day as Holiday and Antetokounmpo sat on the sidelines. Now, the Wizards look to pull off an upset to keep their streak alive.
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Shorthanded Bucks drop the first of two consecutive games against the Wizards. pic.twitter.com/cJuDiEIqXX
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 2, 2023
Wizards vs Bucks Picks and Prediction
In three of Milwaukee’s last four games at home with Holiday active, the Bucks won by at least nine points. This includes a 26-point win over Utah and a 13-point victory against the Sacramento Kings. Milwaukee is due for a big bounce back and will thrash Washington. Antetokounmpo averages 22.2 points and 9.9 boards with a 10 net rating in his career against the Wizards. Lay the points on the sportsbook.
The Washington Wizards are listed at +275 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Wizards, you have a chance to win $275. The Milwaukee Bucks are -340, offering a chance to win $29 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Wizards a 26.67% chance to win, with the Bucks at 77.27%
Wizards vs Bucks Game Information
- Game: Wizards (17-21) vs Bucks (23-13)
- Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Wizards vs Bucks Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Wizards vs Bucks Game Analysis
Wizards Look to Do It Again
Washington beat Milwaukee via a collective effort as six players scored in double digits. The Bucks can blame their absences but the Wizards remained without Bradley Beal (hamstring). Rui Hachimura scored 26 off the bench while Kyle Kuzma posted a triple-double.
With the win, Washington won its fifth consecutive game and its fourth straight as an underdog. Washington is also 6-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games as one. After seemingly tanking in December, the Wizards have suddenly returned to the playoff picture.
Kuzma has been playing like an All-Star with averages of 21.4 points and 7.6 rebounds. But the integral part of Washington’s recent hot run is its bench. The Wizards’ reserves, led by Hachimura, are putting up 37 points on average and are +2.0, which is the fifth-best plus-minus in this eight-game span.
Bucks Now Back With Numbers
Opposite Washington, Milwaukee has been slumping. The Bucks’ loss was their fifth in its last six games. The 95 points were also the fewest they scored at home this season. Even without Holiday and Antetokounmpo, the offensive struggles are concerning.
Milwaukee’s offensive rating is at 112.0, which is down from 115.1 last season. It’s also below the league average for the first time with Mike Budenholzer as the coach. The team needs Holiday’s playmaking desperately. The Bucks are 9.7 points better offensively when he’s on the floor.
With Holiday, Milwaukee is 18-8. Without him, it is 5-5. The improved Bucks’ offense makes them easier to trust when betting online. The team should score more at home as 12 of its 19 home games have gone over the total. Consider the Sunday game an aberration.
Wizards vs Bucks Head-to-Head
Washington’s win over Milwaukee was only its second in its last 12 games in the series. The Wizards are also just 1-4 in their last five visits to Milwaukee. The total has gone under in four of their last five meetings.