Milwaukee Bucks vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 04, 2024

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The Milwaukee Bucks will try to pick up the pieces of back-to-back defeats as they travel to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Thursday.

Milwaukee
49-33
AT
January 04, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
AT&T Center
San Antonio
22-60
Pointspread +1.5 -125
Pointspread -1.5 -105

Milwaukee’s status as being among the NBA elite took a hit this week. Twice they clashed with the Indiana Pacers and twice their rivals got the better of them. The most recent was Wednesday night on the road, 142-130. Their opponents Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs, are experiencing a moribund season. Victor Wembanyama’s game offers the occasional highlight, but overall the team is poor, as evidenced by another loss on Tuesday, 106-98 to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Despite the bumps in the road, Milwaukee is still heavily favoured in this one. The NBA odds have the club pegged at -9.5.

Bucks vs. Spurs NBA Betting Odds

Believe it or not, but the Spurs have grabbed some victories over the Bucks in recent seasons. Milwaukee’s defence of the championship it won in the summer of 2021 didn’t deter San Antonio from walking into their building and winning that October. The Texan ensemble then won again in November 2022. Since then the Bucks have claimed the last two.

It’s only two games, but Milwaukee already has to course correct in 2024. One of the big issues is the defence, which has declined significantly from last season. They rank 24th in the NBA, giving up 119.7 points a night. One assumed bringing in an offensive-minded player like Damian Lillard might produce growing pains, but not this. Milwaukee is also only 15-18-1 ATS thus far. On the flip side, the over is unsurprisingly 22-12.

Welcoming the Bucks to San Antonio will be the NBA’s leader in blocks, Victor Wembanyama with 3.1 per game. That number goes along with 18.9 points a night and 10.2 rebounds. It’s been a good rookie season overall, even though more work can be done to improve his game. The over seems like the logical bet, as that connects most often in Spurs games as well, what with a 21-12 record. San Antonio is only 13-20 ATS, although they did cover despite losing in Memphis the other night.

Milwaukee Bucks

No one is going to question the Milwaukee Bucks’ credentials as to whether they are strong or not, but losing back-to-back games against the rising Indiana Pacers is cause for concern.

The defeat at home on New Year’s Day was frustrating enough insofar as the Bucks allowed the Pacers to storm back from a 15-point deficit. Wednesday’s contest was a matter of witnessing the Pacers at their full potential. Indiana shot a beguiling 55.6 per cent from the field, with Tyrese Haliburton shredding them at times (31 points). Giannis Antetokounmpou started the night quietly but eventually tallied 26 points. Lillard only went 2-for-9 from beyond the arc and missed shots he really shouldn’t have. Indiana was incredibly aggressive on defence at times despite conceding 130 points, producing turnovers that prevented the Bucks from finding their rhythm in the second half. Make the final 142-130.

San Antonio Spurs

As the season goes along the question becomes what does Wembanyama need around him to make the Spurs a more functional unit? Sometimes there are glimmers of hope, other times not. After the thrashing suffered at the hands of the Celtics on Sunday, the Spurs put up a better fight at Memphis on Tuesday, but still came up short, 106-98.

Grizzlies stars Desmond Bane and Ja Morant essentially double-teamed the Spurs. Bane was hot in the first half and Morant got cooking in the second and especially the fourth quarter. When push came to shove the San Antonio defence didn’t have any answers for the playmaking abilities of those two. It’s important to keep in mind that this year’s Spurs team is a lot like last year’s Rockets. They have talented young players like Jeremy Sochan (12 points) and Devin Vessell (11 points), but the roster lacks backbone, an anchor, a general. At 5-28, it’s a matter of assessing what the Spurs have that works and learning how to grow from there.

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