Bucks vs. Hornets Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 27, 2021

With Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the lineup, Milwaukee will look for their first win of the season against the Hornets. Charlotte is going for the season sweep after downing the Bucks once in January and once in April.

Milwaukee
46-26
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April 27, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
33-39
Pointspread -9.5 -107
Moneyline -415
Over / Under o +225.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

Pointspread +9.5 -113
Moneyline +337
Over / Under u +225.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

It’s rough timing for the Hornets in their game against Milwaukee on Tuesday.  As Charlotte deals with multiple injuries, they’re set to welcome a Bucks team that has knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers twice and the Phoenix Suns once, recently.  Milwaukee looks like a playoff contender as they play their best basketball of the season.

The Bucks are a 9-point favourite to win on the NBA odds with a total of 223.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Charlotte has had the better of Milwaukee in both previous meetings this season.  The Hornets took a 126-114 decision back in January and more recently left with a 127-119 win on April 9.

Milwaukee has been a fairly tough road opponent this season, winning 17 of 30 road games.  They’re 27-33 against the spread overall and they’ve failed to cover in five straight road games against Charlotte.  The Bucks have been an Under team in four of their last five road games.

Although the Hornets have a winning home record, they’ve been average lately, going 3-3 in Charlotte over their last six home games.  They’re 32-27-1 ATS, but they’ve failed to cover in five of their last seven games against Eastern Conference teams.  The Over has hit in eight of the last 12 games between these teams.

Milwaukee Bucks

If there was any worry about lingering issues for Giannis Antetokounmpo in his return to injury, the former league MVP has put them to rest with his performance.  Throughout the month of April, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 64 per cent.  He didn’t play in the last game against Charlotte, but he burned them for 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists in January.

Outside of the Bucks’ 111-104 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, they’ve been taking down big opponents.  Before Sunday, Milwaukee dropped the 76ers twice in a row, including 132-94 blowout, and they also downed Phoenix 128-127 in overtime.  This has also been a fairly healthy roster.  The only potential absence from this game will be P.J. Tucker, who is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte is in a tough spot.  They sit 1.5 games back of Boston for the final automatic playoff spot in the East, but they’re only a few games away from getting knocked out of the play-in tournament, so every game is a must-win for the rest of the season.  If the Hornets can hang on, help is on the way.  Rookie LaMelo Ball and reserve guard Malik Monk have both began practicing again.  Ball, who is averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds, has been out since March 20 with a broken wrist.  He won’t play on Tuesday, but he could be back in the lineup as early as this weekend.

One player who has stepped up in Ball’s absence is Terry Rozier.  He’s been efficient on both ends of the court and is averaging over 20 points per game to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.  In Charlotte’s 125-104 win over Boston on Sunday, the Hornets had six players finish with double-digit points, including four players who hit the 20-point mark.  Devonte’ Graham had a game-high 24 points and nine assists.

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