New Orleans Pelicans (26-18) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (30-13)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks 1/27/24 – The highly anticipated showdown between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Milwaukee Bucks is set for Saturday night at the Fiserv Forum, promising an electric atmosphere for basketball fans. The Pelicans, with a solid 26-18 record, are looking to climb higher in the standings, while the Bucks, standing tall at 30-13, aim to fortify their top position. This matchup not only highlights the competitive spirit of the NBA but also serves as a crucial game for bettors seeking NBA tips and predictions.
The Pelicans have shown exceptional perseverance this season, averaging 117.5 points per game with an impressive 48.9% field goal percentage. Their offensive strategy centers around making every possession count with 44.5 rebounds and 27.2 assists per game; their defensive capabilities – 8.2 steals and 4.7 blocks per game – will be put through rigorous scrutiny against Bucks’ powerful offense.
Milwaukee Bucks have been an offensive powerhouse, scoring an average of 124.6 points per game and leading in ball movement and rebounding with 26.7 assists and 44.4 rebounds per game on average. Furthermore, their shooting accuracy from 3-point range (37.7% 3-point field goal percentage) makes them formidable opponents against any team; coupled with their defense (6.5 steals and 5.6 blocks per game), making them a well-rounded squad.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks 1/27/24 Game Info
|Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET
|NBA League Pass
Zion Williamson (PF) vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF)
Zion Williamson has blossomed into an MVP candidate averaging nearly 22 points on 61% shooting. His strength and athleticism make him almost impossible to stop in the paint. However, his outside shooting remains unreliable and his playmaking still has room to grow. Against the long, athletic defenders on the Bucks, Williamson will need to diversify his scoring attack.
On the other side, Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to dominate on both ends of the court, averaging over 31 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists per game. His length and mobility provide constant mismatches for opposing teams. While his shooting has slightly improved, teams will still dare him to beat them from outside. In what should be an epic showdown of versatile forwards, Giannis ultimately gets the edge with his all-around impact and defensive presence.
When these dominant forces clash, it will be imperative for their supporting casts to step up. Middleton, Holiday and Lopez must hit shots to provide spacing for Giannis. Likewise, Ingram, McCollum and Valanciunas must force the Bucks defense to key-in less on Zion. This game will ultimately come down to which team’s secondary scoring is able to exploit the pressure placed on each side’s primary option.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined, but given the Bucks’ impressive record and home advantage, they might be favored. Bettors should keep an eye on the spread and moneyline as they become available, considering the Bucks’ recent performance and the Pelicans’ resilience on the road.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The New Orleans Pelicans come into this matchup having gone 3-2 in their last 5 games straight up. Over that same sample, they have posted a 3-2 record against the spread. For the full season, the Pelicans are 11-9 against the spread on the road. When looking at the totals, 3 of the Pelicans’ last 5 games have gone over the posted total. Expanding the sample size, we see 11 of New Orleans’ 23 road games this year have gone over the game total.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Bucks ride a hot 4-1 straight up record over their past 5 contests into this battle with the Pelicans. However, from a betting perspective, the Bucks have struggled recently, going 0-5 against the spread over that same stretch. For the full campaign, Milwaukee has been mediocre when wagering on them away from home, with an 8-12 mark versus the number. Analyzing the totals, 3 of the previous 5 Bucks’ games have exceeded the posted total.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks 1/27/24 Betting Picks
Considering the stats, trends, and the key player matchups, this game is poised to be a high-scoring affair with both teams having potent offenses. The Bucks, with their home-court advantage and a slightly superior record, might have the edge.
For those looking into prop bets, focusing on player performances like points scored by Antetokounmpo or Williamson could offer value, given their pivotal roles in their respective teams. The over/under might also be worth a look, considering both teams’ tendencies to be involved in high-scoring games. As for the top multi-handicapper picks, the Bucks might be the safer bet, but the Pelicans should not be underestimated, especially with the potential for an upset.
Free Pick and Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 120, New Orleans Pelicans 115.