The No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks will square off against the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic on Monday afternoon in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Bucks will look for their third straight victory, while the Magic desperately want to make another upset.
We have prepared all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Bucks versus Magic Game 4 along with our best betting pick for Monday, so let’s take a closer look.
While the Bucks can count on all their players, the Magic miss Jonathan Isaac (knee), Michael Carter-Williams (foot), and Mo Bamba (COVID-19). Aaron Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable to play once more, and the Magic hope he’ll be ready to finally take the floor in this series.
The Bucks are massive 13.5-point favorites to extend their win streak, according to BetAmerica. The Magic are +775 moneyline underdogs on Sugarhouse, while the totals are set at 225.5 points.
The bookies continue to favor the Bucks in double digits. Milwaukee has covered a 13-point spread in the previous two contests.
What’s at Stake?
The Magic will be in dire straits with another defeat. The opening win was important, but Game 4 is key for Orlando. The Bucks will be in a driving seat if they win Monday.
The momentum is undoubtedly on Milwaukee’s side after a couple of comfortable wins. The Bucks allowed an upset in the opener, but they’ve been cruising since then.
The Bucks shut down the Magic in Game 2, allowing them to make only 34.8% of their field goals and 21.2% of their 3-pointers. The Magic have shown some improvement last time out, but the Bucks have been ruthless on the offensive end.
Milwaukee shot 56.1% from the field and 45.9% from deep in Game 3. The Bucks led by as many as 34 points while scoring 24 points in the paint more than the Magic (50-26).
Giannis Antetokounmpo is torturing his opponents, and the reigning MVP will continue to dominate the Magic even if Aaron Gordon returns. The Greek Freak had 28 points and 20 rebounds in Game 2, while he delivered 35 points, 11 boards, and seven assists in Game 3.
Nikola Vucevic is leading the way for the Magic, but they are simply helpless against Antetokounmpo. The Magic miss Isaac and Gordon a lot, especially on the defensive end and on the glass.
The Bucks shouldn’t have any problems to smash the Magic once again. However, I’m vigilant as always, so buying a few points won’t hurt anyone. Give me the Bucks to cover an 11-point spread at -170 odds on BetAmerica.
Milwaukee is 9-2 straight up and 7-3-1 ATS in its last 11 meetings with Orlando. The Bucks are 7-4 ATS in their previous 11 outings as double-digit favorites.
Betting on the totals is a tricky job in this series. The over is 2-1 at the moment, but I would avoid the totals and stick with the spread. The Bucks are terrifying defensively, while they love to push the ball in transition and play at a very fast pace.
The Magic struggled to force the Bucks into half-court basketball in Game 2, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they find some fuel to play solid defense in Game 4.