Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Dec 17, 2022

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 2022

It’s a marquee matchup Saturday night in Milwaukee when the Utah Jazz arrives in town to tussle with the Bucks.

December 17, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
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Pointspread +2 -116
Moneyline +104
Over / Under o +227.5


Betting Action


Pointspread -2 -104
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +227.5


Betting Action


These teams have experienced contrasting weeks, with Utah feeling mighty fine about themselves and Milwaukee hoping to avoid further bumps in the road as they chase Boston for the number one see in the East. 

The basketball gurus deem the Bucks as -5 favourites on the NBA odds. The over-under is valued at 230.5

Jazz vs. Bucks NBA Betting Odds

Both franchises have tasted success recently. Milwaukee is a regular high seed and won a championship in 2021. Utah often enters the playoffs as one of the higher seeds in the West as well. Of the last ten clashes between them, the Jazz played their way to the tune of six victories. Of note, Utah has won the last two times they faced the Bucks in Milwaukee. 

Will Hardy’s Jazz have amassed a commendable 18-13 record so far this year against the spread, not too different from their 17-14 win-loss record. Currently, they ride a three-game streak of covers, but it came after a three-game streak of failures. The team has fared rather well against top opposition, having covered against Phoenix twice, Portland once, Denver once, and New Orleans twice. 

Mike Budenholzer’s Bucks efforts against the spread aren’t as strong as what shows in the standings, 20-8 in the East is quite strong, but ATS they’ve tallied 15-11-2. The Bucks have been mildly annoying to betters this season, as several of their failures to cover have come against lesser opposition: Chicago, Orlando, the Lakers, and Houston. 

Utah Jazz

Victories are of the essence to pull themselves back into the playoff picture (they rank 7th in the West as of this writing). They earned two against the conference-leading Pelicans this week, showing they can dance with the titans of the NBA. 

Tuesday’s 121-100 conquering was an example of awesome shooting (47.6% from the floor) and domination on the glass (59 rebounds to the Pelicans’ 43). Malik Beasley was the secret sauce, coming off the bench to contribute 21 points and a +15 on the night. Thursday’s revenge opportunity for New Orleans almost came to fruition. It was a back-and-forth affair during which no single dominated any of the four quarters. Both teams shot the lights out, both overall and beyond the arc. The Pelicans believed they snatched away momentum with a game-tying three courtesy of Trey Murphey III with 2 seconds left. Utah refused to go down, ultimately prevailing 132-129 in overtime. 

Milwaukee Bucks

In contrast to Utah, the past 7 days haven’t been as cheerful for Milwaukee. Last Sunday they suffered a fate reserved for precious few clubs in the NBA: losing to the Rockets. Worse still, Houston prevented the Bucks from reaching 100 points, winning the game 97-92.

Tuesday night saw them host the defending champion Warriors. To be clear, they haven’t played like champions on the road this season and that didn’t change on Tuesday when Milwaukee pounded them 128-111. As a testament to the command they had over the game, despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s pedestrian night (9/26), they still shot 54.9%. However, a hard slap in the face came Thursday when they visited the Memphis Grizzlies. It was one of their worst outings of the year, falling, dramatically so, 141-101. Memphis bench players like David Roddy even had a tremendous night, earning 15 points and a +18 in just 24 minutes. Just miserable stuff from the Bucks. 

Jrue Holiday is listed as Day-To-Day and Khris Middleton is Out.

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