Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 08, 2024

The Milwaukee Bucks start a crucial four-game stretch at home Monday night when they host the Utah Jazz.

January 08, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
Fiserv Forum
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Pointspread -4.5 -120

 Milwaukee’s started the calendar year with three loses in four games, all of which against non-playoff teams. The mini slump has kept Milwaukee in second in the Eastern Conference at 25-11, but the gap between first and the Bucks is now larger than the gap between the Bucks and third place.

Monday’s the final game of a three-game road swing for Utah in which they are going up against the East’s top three teams. Utah started out Friday with a 29-point loss at Boston, but bounced back the next night by beating a banged up Philadelphia team 120-109. But at 17-20, the Jazz are still just outside of the West’s play-in spots.

Tip-off at Fiserv Forum begins at 8 p.m. EST with the Bucks nearly a double-digit favourite on the point spread and the total at 245 on the NBA odds.

Jazz vs. Bucks NBA Betting Odds

Milwaukee’s second-ranked scoring offence (124.3 points per game) should be a lot for the Jazz and their 23rd-ranked scoring defence (118.7 points allowed per game) to handle. Despite going 1-3 after New Year’s Eve, the Bucks have still averaged 119 points game. Milwaukee’s current problem is the last time their opponent didn’t reach at least 110 points was November 17. Utah’s started off 2024 strong too, going 3-1 and averaging 124.5 points per game.  

The Bucks recent scoring trends have boosted their game totals often over the 240 mark, but they are still 22-14 to the over this season. Milwaukee’s dominant on home court too with wins in 16 of their 19 home games this season. The Jazz are 6-15 on the road this season. 

Utah Jazz

Lauri Markkanen is enjoying his 2024 thus far. The 7’0 Jazz centre’s averaging 24.5 points per game and is coming off a team-high 33 points in Saturday’s win at Philadelphia. What’s key to pick out from Saturday’s victory though is Philadelphia didn’t have Joel Embiid in the lineup, giving Markkanen a large size advantage he capitalized on. This won’t be the case on Monday with Milwaukee rolling out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez at the four and five spots.

This puts more pressure on point guard Jordan Clarkson, who’s been red hot for Utah coming off the bench. Last week Clarkson had the first triple-double. He followed that up by scoring 29 points in the second half and overtime of Utah’s 154-148 win — where Utah as a team tied their franchise record for points in a game.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee’s ruled out point guard Damian Lillard for Monday due to personal reasons, and Lillard’s backup Cameron Payne will also miss the game because of a concussion. The absence of these two guards opens the door for the likes of AJ Green, Andre Jackson and MarJon Beauchamp to see more minutes. Out of this trio, Beauchamp’s the only player currently averaging double-digit minutes per game. 

The good news is Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently scoring with ease. Antetokounmpo averaged 37 points in Milwaukee’s four games last week and is coming off a 48-point night in which he shot 16 for 25 from the field. But that 48 points was in a 112-108 loss to Houston, and after Antetokounmpo and Lillard no other Bucks player scored more than 10 points. 

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