NBA Betting Previews: Can Giannis, Bucks Rally Against Favored Nets?

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the game against the Memphis
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Milwaukee Bucks (47-28, 36-39 ATS)  @ Brooklyn Nets (40-36, 31-43-2 ATS)

Lines/News: The Nets are 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is 241. In their previous Meeting, in Milwaukee on Feb. 26, the Nets won, 126-123. Each team last played Tuesday. The Bucks are 7-3 straight up over their last 10 games, winning their last game. The Nets are 7-3 straight up over their last 10 games and also have a one-game winning streak. The Bucks are 37-38 to the Over this year and the Nets  39-36-1. Kyrie Irving is available to play given New York City’s new COVID vaccine rules for athletes and entertainers.

Bucks Trends: The Bucks are 20-17 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season and 4-14 ATS as away underdogs in their last 18 games. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS against the Nets in their last five meetings.

Nets Trends: The Nets are 5-23 ATS as home favorites this season, but again this is mostly without Irving. The Nets are 5-1-1 ATS after they failed to cover in their prior game in the last seven instances.

Player Trends: Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton (O/U 2.5 three-pointers) recorded 3+ three-pointers in four of his last 14 (28.57%) when he attempted at least seven threes the prior game (avg. 2.0). He’s recorded 3+ three-pointers in five of his last seven (71.43%) on the road (avg. 3.4) and six of his last eight (75%) in games after his team has covered (avg. 3.8).

Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving (O/U 25.5 points) has scored 26+ points in 10 of his last 13 (76.92%) when he made at least three three-pointers in his last game (avg. 30.2). He’s 0-for-6 in his last six games at home, extending into last season (avg. 21.2). He’s scored 26+ points in one of his last five (20%) games against teams with a winning record (avg. 22.2).

Los Angeles Lakers (31-44, 31-43-1 ATS)   @ Utah Jazz (45-31, 31-42-3 ATS)

Lines/News: The Jazz are 13-point favorites with the O/U at 226.5. Anthony Davis is doubtful for the Lakers and LeBron James is out. In the previous meeting, the Lakers won 106-101 in Los Angeles. Both teams last played on Tuesday. The Lakers are 3-7 straight up over their last 10 games with a three-game losing streak. The Jazz are 4-6 straight up over their last 10 games with a five-game losing streak. The Lakers are 42-32-1 to the Over this season and the Jazz 34-40-2.

Lakers Trends: The Lakers are 2-8 against the spread (ATS) on the road in their last 10 games and 8-2 ATS against the Jazz in their last 10 games. The Over is 5-1 in the last six Lakers games.

Jazz Trends: The Jazz are 8-2-1 ATS as home favorites in their last 11 games and  2-10-1 ATS after a loss in their last 13. The Over is 4-11 in the last 15 Jazz games.

Player Trends: Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell (O/U 25.5 points) has scored 26+ points in two of his last seven (28.57%) games against a team with a losing record (avg. 24.6). He’s scored 26+ points in six of his last six (100%) games when his team is the favorite (avg. 31.8) and seven of his last eight overall (87.5%, avg. 30.0).