Star Power Aplenty
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets are two of the most talented teams in the league. Milwaukee is second in the Eastern Conference while the Nets are in eighth and trying desperately to get out of the play-in tournament.
Still, the differences in team records doesn’t affect the star power that will hit the floor. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday are all among the All-Star-caliber players that we will get to see in this one.
While the Nets are in eighth place in the East, the NBA odds show they’re still among the favorites to win the championship. Can the visiting Bucks try to inch closer to the No. 1 seed or will the Nets send a statement?.
Antetokounmpo Does it all for Bucks
If you are looking for the biggest reason for the Milwaukee Bucks’ success over the last two years, look no further than Antetokounmpo. He does everything that is asked of him and more.
He averages 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks. There doesn’t seem to be any weakness in his game right now.
In the Bucks’ most recent contest, he soared to make a game-saving block on Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. With Antetokounmpo healthy, defending NBA champion Milwaukee is tough to take down.
The Bucks are riding with momentum after the win on Tuesday. Overall, they’ve won 10 of their last 13 contests.
Nets Putting Things Together
The Brooklyn Nets started the season like they were shot out of a cannon, winning 21 of their first 28 games. By the start of March, though, they were sitting at 32-33 and James Harden was no longer on the roster.
Since then, they have gotten back up to 40-36 with their new additions and have just received the news that Irving will be allowed to play home games.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time as Brooklyn strives to make it into the playoffs. Irving is averaging 27.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
Bucks vs Nets Head-to-Head
The Bucks were able to win the first two matchups against the Nets this season. However, Brooklyn won the last matchup by three points in a higher-scoring affair and could tie the season series with a win here.
Bucks vs Nets Game Information
- Game: Bucks (47-28) vs Nets (40-36)
- Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 31st, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Bucks vs Nets Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Bucks vs Nets Betting Lines
Bucks vs Nets Prediction
With Irving inserted back into the rotation following New York City’s change in policy on non-vaccinated players, Brooklyn went up to 1½-point favorites in the sportsbook. The duo of Durant and Irving are incredibly tough to stop, but Milwaukee does seem to be the better overall team right now.
The Bucks are the fourth-best offense in the Association while Brooklyn is ninth. Defensively, Milwaukee is 17th while the Nets are 19th.
If that didn’t already make it seem like Milwaukee was just a step ahead in this contest, factor in momentum where this Bucks squad have won 10 of their last 13 games.
It’s a tight one for those who bet online but the Bucks are an attractive play as an underdog.