Bucks v Hornets
Milwaukee will be hosting the Hornets on Saturday at Fiserv Forum. Blessed with one of the most powerful guns in the league today, the Bucks are streaking five wins out of their five latest games.
Last Tuesday, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and 15 rebounds to top and dominate over the 18 points from super rookie Luka Doncic, as well as leading the Bucks to a 116-106 victory over Dallas Mavericks.
Milwaukee also beat Orlando last Sunday at Amway Center, where Eric Bledsoe made 30 points to add to the 25 points and 13 rebounds from Giannis. Their combined score topped the 27 points from the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic and secure a 118-108 win over Orlando.
Memphis also fell to the Bucks last week at FedEx Forum, where Giannis made 27 points and 11 rebounds to top the 17 from Omri Casspi. The game concluded in a 111-101 victory over the Grizzlies.
The Bucks also put cold water to the Heat last week at Fiserv Forum. Giannis made a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Bledsoe made 17 points to lead the 124-86 Milwaukee win against a hammered Miami.
Milwaukee’s current streak started in a 133-114 domination over Atlanta Monday las tweek at State Farm Arena. Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, complemented by the 24 points and 10 assists from Bledsoe.
Charlotte, on the other hand, are an average team, albeit having only one loss out of their last five games as they suffered from a three-game skid prior to that.
The Hornets’ 95-120 defeat to Indiana last Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse speaks louder than their most recent winning streak as it reveals their unreadiness to handle teams with great force in the league today. This is quite evident in the tipsters’ given line of Milwaukee -11 to Over/Under 228.5.
NUGGETS V SUNS
Phoenix will be trying to break a five-game losing streak in Saturday, but they will have a hard time in doing so as they will be facing the Nuggets Pepsi Center.
The Suns lost twice to the Timberwolves this week. Last Monday, they fell 114-116 at Target Center, where TJ Warren scored 21 points, but not enough to beat the 31 from Derrick Rose, including an 18-footer shot at 0.6 seconds left.
Phoenix lost again to Minnesota last Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Josh Jackson made 27 to top the 25 from Karl-Anthony Towns, but not enough to frustrate a 91-118 Suns defeat to the Wolves.
The Suns also got hammered by the Hornets last Sunday at Spectrum Center. Devin Booker made an excellent 32 points to top the 21 points from Kemba Walker. Phoenix still fell 115-135 to Charlotte.
Phoenix also lost 109-111 last week at Scotiabank Arena, where 30 points were made by Booker, while Serge Ibaka only made 22 points.
The first game of the skid concluded in a 97-131 Suns’ fall to Indiana last week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points to top the 18 from Warren and lead a Pacers’ absolute domination over the Suns.
Meanwhile, a 142-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors caused the fall of the Denver Nuggets from the topmost place in the Western Conference to only the second. The Warriors are too hot to be frustrated with both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scoring 31 points each. The Warriors also made 51 points in the first quarter.
While the Nuggets fall of the Warriors could be considered quite understandable, Denver are unfortunate lately. Their latest misfortune was a 108-114 loss to the Utah Jazz last Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Nikola Jokic made 28 points, but was topped by 35 points from Donovan Mitchell.
The Nuggets will face the Suns again on Saturday, whilst Denver’s loss earlier this month to Phoenix still haunts them fresh.
ROCKETS V RAPTORS
Out of Isla Nublar, the Raptors are visiting Toyota Center to face Houston, while James Harden is skyrocketing so fast he will foster another Space Age.
Toronto went from a Triassic period to a Jurassic period within the run of the season, and they might be in the early Cretaceous right now.
The Raptors made a 111-109 victory over Phoenix last week at Scotiabank. Serge Ibaka made 22 points that night, with Pascal Siakam scoring the winning shot right before the expiration of time.
Toronto also beat the Grizzlies last Sunday at Scotiabank, where Danny Green made his season-high 24 points while setting a record of seven 3-pointers in the third quarter to lead the Raptors to a 119-109 win over Memphis.
Toronto also hammered the Kings last Wednesday at home, where Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet both scored 19 points each, to which Pascal Siakam added 18 to top the 22 from Marvin Bagley III. That night ended in a 105-120 Raptors win over Sacramento.
However, Toronto’s streak had failed to be extended as they lost 106-110 to Indiana last Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Serge Ibaka made 23 points that night but was equalized with another 23 from Thaddeus Young.
Now, the Raptors will witness a show of a rocket landing on Toyota Center ground as meteor.
If James Harden’s 36.3 points per game average is not enough to scare someone, then nothing will.
Harden just made a monstrous record of 61 points last Thursday in Houston’s game with the Knicks which ended in a 114-110 Rockets win over New York.
Harden also scored 48 points in the Rockets’ 138-134 win over the Lakers last Sunday, and 58 in Houston’s defeat to Brooklyn 145-142 last week. He also made 57 points in the Rockets’ 112-94 victory against Memphis.
With Kawhi Leonard expected to be out on Saturday, it is quite unimaginable how the Raptors will match this unimaginable statistics from the Rockets’ premier player. Thus, Houston is given a line of +1.5.
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