The Milwaukee Bucks (22-3) will attempt to continue their 16-game winning streak against the Memphis Grizzlies (8-16) at FedExForum. The game can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 13, 2019.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Prediction
The Bucks will be hoping for a similar result after covering the 9-point spread against the New Orleans Pelicans in their last contest, 127-112. The combined points for the game (239) finished over the O/U total of 232.5. Milwaukee’s turnover percentage was their biggest strength over New Orleans. The Bucks had a rate of 12.6 (worse than their season average of 12.4), while the Pelicans posted a mark of 17.7 (above their season average of 13.3). With 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting, Eric Bledsoe was Milwaukee’s leading scorer.
In the Grizzlies’ previous matchup, they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 115-108, despite being 6.5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (223) finished under the O/U total of 230. Memphis made 10 of their 24 three pointers (41.7 percent), while Phoenix was 9-34 (26.5 percent). With 24 points and six rebounds, Jaren Jackson Jr. put together a solid game for Memphis.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will battle for the first time this year. In the most recent matchup, the Bucks won 111-101. Converting at the free throw line was one of Milwaukee’s biggest strengths. They were 19-22 (86.4 percent), while the Grizzlies were just 17-25 (68.0 percent).
Milwaukee holds records of 22-3 straight up (SU) and 13-12 against the spread (ATS). Bucks games have finished over the O/U total 52.0 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, Memphis owns records of 8-16 SU and 10-14 ATS. Of the Grizzlies’ 24 games, 14 have finished under the O/U total.
Memphis might struggle to put up points as they battle against one of the league’s best defenses. Milwaukee ranks first in defensive efficiency while the Grizzlies rank 24th in offensive efficiency.
Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies Free Pick
NBA Pick: ATS Winner – Grizzlies, O/U – Under
On the road, Milwaukee is 6-6 ATS with 6 overs and 6 unders.
Memphis is 5-8 ATS at home with 7 unders and 6 overs.
Milwaukee is 6-0 when they allow under 100 points.
The Grizzlies are 8-11 when they reach 100 points, while the Bucks are 22-3.
Milwaukee averages 19.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Memphis ranks 29th in points off turnovers allowed per game (20.7).
The Bucks rank second in fast break points per game (18.5) while the Grizzlies rank 25th in fast break points allowed per game (14.8).
Milwaukee ranks fifth in blocks per game (6.0) while Memphis ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (6.0).
The Bucks average 39.8 three pointers per game, which ranks third in the league. The Grizzlies rank 25th in three pointers allowed per game (35.0).
Milwaukee ranks first in second chance points allowed per game (10.4) while Memphis ranks 23rd (14.2).
The Bucks rank first in rebounds per game (51.6) while the Grizzlies rank 17th (45.0).
Milwaukee averages 26.0 assists per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Memphis ranks 22nd in assists allowed per game (25.5).
The Bucks rank second in steals allowed per game (6.6) while the Grizzlies rank 15th (7.9).
Milwaukee ranks first in points allowed in the paint per game (39.6) while Memphis ranks 13th (47.3).
In its last five contests, Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Memphis is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Bucks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 24.0, up from 13.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Grizzlies have scored an average of 108.0 points per game (1.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 111.8 points per game (4.2 below their season average).