Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 08, 2022

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 2022

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 33 points per game but the Bucks are 1-7 against the spread in the last 8 games in Charlotte.

Milwaukee
51-31
AT
January 08, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
43-39
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +103
Over / Under o +235

58%

Betting Action

42%

Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -124
Over / Under u +235

58%

Betting Action

42%

The Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets start a home-and-home Saturday at Charlotte, as both clubs look to gain ground in a cluttered Eastern Conference. At 26-15 the Bucks are 2.5 games back of first, but also 4.5 games ahead of the first play-in spot. Charlotte’s 20-19 and sit in eighth place both two games behind the final true playoff spot and two out of the playoffs entirely.

The Bucks are shorthanded and entering Charlotte on a back-to-back, defeating Brooklyn 121-109 last night. The dub snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bucks; Charlotte snapped the same streak the last time they took the court with a dominant 140-111 win versus Detroit.

Tip-off at Spectrum Center goes at 7 p.m. EST.

Bucks vs. Hornets NBA Betting Odds

Seven of the last nine Bucks–Hornets contests have ended in Milwaukee’s favour, but they’ve covered in one of their last eight at Charlotte. The Hornets have been a superb team against the spread at home with a 12-3 record in that situation this season. The Hornets have also won 10 of their 15 home games outright, but Milwaukee’s 13-8 on the road this year too.

Saturday’s the second meeting of the season for these clubs. Milwaukee took the first one 127-125 thanks to a Giannis Antetokounmpo game-winner. Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Milwaukee Bucks

Antetokounmpo returned to action last night after missing one game and dropped a game-high 31 points along with nine assists and seven rebounds in a winning effort. Milwaukee was without head coach Mike Budenholzer as well as Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, George Hill and Pat Connaughton all due to COVID protocol. Centre Bobby Portis stepped up with 25 points and 12 rebounds, as did all five Bucks starters who scored 101 of Milwaukee’s 121 points.

Milwaukee’s now averaging 112.1 points per game, which ranks fourth in the NBA. Antetokounmpo’s third in scoring with 27.9 points per game, but performances like Friday show off the depth Milwaukee possesses — making them a serious threat to repeat.

Charlotte Hornets

Milwaukee isn’t the only top-five offence featured here, with Charlotte being the league’s second-highest scoring club with 115.5 points per game. And a season-high 140 regulation points Wednesday certainly helped boost that number in the right way.

Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a career-high nine of Charlotte’s franchise-record 24 three-pointers in the win, connecting on nine of 14 attempts from beyond the arc. Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges each had 19 points while LaMelo Ball chopped in with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Ball is now averaging 19.3 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.3 rebounds in his second NBA season.

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