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Milwaukee Bucks at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview

One of the best in the East will take on one of the worst in the West Tuesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks (40-25, 3rd in East) take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-44, 14th in West). The Thunder will host this one at the Paycom Center, with tipoff scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.

The Bucks come into this one on a four-game winning streak, including a 132-122 win over Phoenix on Sunday. In the win, Khris Middleton had a game-high 44 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Thunder have struggled a bit more lately, going 3-7 in their last 10, including having lost their last two in a row. Sunday, they lost at home to the Utah Jazz, 116-103.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder in scoring with 33 points while also adding seven rebounds and eight assists. Aleksej Pokusevski had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bucks are overwhelming favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -1200 to win while the Thunder’s moneyline sits at +750. The spread features Oklahoma City +14 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 230.5.

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Milwaukee currently has the fourth-best odds to win the NBA Finals this season at +650. Oklahoma City is tied for the worst odds of winning it all at +50000.

By The Numbers

Milwaukee has one of the best offenses in the NBA. They currently rank third in scoring averaging 114 points per game. The Hornets rank dead last, averaging just 102.1 points per game.

Defensively, these two are neck-and-neck. Oklahoma City has the slight edge, ranking 15th in scoring defense, allowing just 109.3 points per game to opponents. Milwaukee ranks right behind them at 16th, allowing 110.4 points per game.

Milwaukee Has Eyes On Eastern Conference Title

After winning the NBA championship last season, the Bucks have their sights set on a repeat this season. Currently, they sit in third in the Eastern Conference, but they are only three games back of the first-place Miami Heat.

On Tuesday, they will look to win their fifth game in a row as they try to put pressure on the rest of the East.

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to be a dominating force for Milwaukee. He is averaging a double-double with 29.2 points and 11.6 rebounds. Showing his versatility, he is also averaging six assists, a steal, and 1.4 blocks per game.

Other major contributors for Milwaukee include Khris Middleton (20.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists), Jrue Holiday (18.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists), and Bobby Portis (15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds).

Oklahoma City Tries To End Struggles At Home

At 20-44, the Thunder have been one of the worst teams in all of basketball this season. They have especially struggled at home, though, as they are just 9-23 to date. On Tuesday, they will look for their 10th home win of the season.

Trying to lead them to double-digit home wins is point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. This season, he leads the team in scoring averaging 24 points per game. He is also putting up 4.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

The Thunder have two others averaging double digits in Luguentz Dort (17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists) and Josh Giddey (12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists).

Milwaukee Just Too Much For Oklahoma City

Usually, it is pretty tough to bet on the road team when they are trying to cover a 14-point spread. Tuesday night is one of the exceptions.

While Gilgeous-Alexander has been solid for the Thunder, the Bucks are just too deep for Oklahoma City to have any chance of keeping up with.

Expect this one to get ugly, and it will probably be ugly early. Take Milwaukee to both win and to cover the 14-point spread.

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