The Milwaukee Bucks look to continue their winning ways by stomping on lottery-destined teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves. NBA odds have the Bucks firmly as favorites while the Wolves will be underdogs for the 10th straight game on Tuesday.
Neither team has been good at covering their spreads in recent games. The Bucks were actually on a five-game losing streak, their longest in the Mike Budenholzer era. But they were five of five before and after that stretch for a 5-5 record ATS in their last ten.
The Wolves made shocking NBA news when they fired Ryan Saunders and quickly moved to hire Raptors assistant Chris Finch. Still, it’s unlikely their fate will change much here as I strongly favor the Bucks to get this done. Find these online sports betting odds from the BetUS online sportsbook.
Timberwolves vs Bucks
Timberwolves: The Worst NBA Franchise
There’s no sugarcoating this franchise: they are the worst in the NBA and possibly pro sports. Did you know Karl-Anthony Towns already has the second-most win shares in franchise history? And the Wolves have only had one winning season of five with him.
This recent poaching of the Raptors’ assistant could spark some life in this quickly dying team, or it could backfire. Saunders was well liked by the team and the abrupt dismissal could still have the players and personnel in shock.
But it wasn’t like Saunders was doing a decent job. Minnesota is once again headed for a top-three lottery pick with a league-worst 7-24 record. They’ve lost eight of their last ten. It was easy auto-betting against them every evening.
Management hopes Finch, who has served under the likes of Nick Nurse and Mike Malone, will instill more structure into a roster that is underperforming on all counts. Either way, don’t hold your breath for this team.
Bucks: Holding Out For Jrue
What difference can one man make. The Bucks have gone 3-5 since Holiday was taken off the team for quarantine reasons. The 30-year-old is averaging 16.4 points and 5.4 assists along with 1.9 steals for the Bucks, but his absence is already making an impact.
Holiday was one of the team’s better playmakers and defenders. In the eight games Holiday missed, Milwaukee’s offensive rating dropped to 14th and their defense to 18th. Giannis Antetokounmpo has still been playing like an MVP candidate with 31.8 points, 13.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and shooting 52.8 percent from the field.
But Antetokounmpo’s overall offensive efficacy has taken a hit this season. He’s only hitting 28 percent of his threes and 65.4 percent of his free throws. But Milwaukee is struggling this season due to their inability to consistently beat the good teams.
The Bucks are only 5-8 against teams above .500. But they consistently whoop on bad teams and have covered six of the last seven games where they were favored by double digits.
I pretty much gave away the ending in that last paragraph for Milwaukee: they beat the bad teams and they beat them by a lot. Well, to no shock I’ll be taking Milwaukee to cover the spread here be it a dozen.
The Wolves have been playing decently lately as shown by the decrease in their spreads. But they’ve somehow still found a way to not cover, losing on four straight and five of their last six. Getting double-digit points against Milwaukee won’t help much as they’re looking at another blowout loss here.
Milwaukee wins this handily. They’re an easy NBA betting pick here and could even be a parlay sweetener down the line.