Game: Los Angeles Clippers @ Milwaukee Bucks
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Odds: Clippers +4, Bucks -4
The Milwaukee Bucks have won five straight games and have finally regained their health. Tonight, the Bucks will host the Los Angeles Clippers as Milwaukee continues its four-game homestand. On Tuesday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 34 points and 18 rebounds helped the Bucks hold on to a 124-115 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Milwaukee’s other two stars, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, also contributed. Middleton had 18 points while Holiday had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, who finished with a triple-double of 27 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, was able to stave off the Bucks. Milwaukee recovered against the Hornets after Charlotte shocked the Bucks on January 6 with a 138-109 drubbing.
The Clippers defeated the Bulls 108-103 on Tuesday night in Chicago, kicking off their six-game Eastern Conference road trip. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 33 points. Norman Powell scored 27 points on 7-for-11 shooting, and Paul George added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
In the second quarter of the game on Tuesday, the Clippers were down by 19 points at one point. The Clippers went with their small-ball lineup and forced 20 turnovers by the Bulls. Entering the game, Chicago had the seventh-lowest turnover rate in the NBA.
With 31.8 points per game and the second-most rebounds per game (12.2) in the NBA, Antetokounmpo trails Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic in scoring. Brook Lopez leads the Bucks with an average of 2.5 blocks after his five-block performance against Charlotte. Holiday leads Milwaukee with 7.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Paul George has made 37 starts for Los Angeles this season and leads the team with 23.3 points, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Ivica Zubac is the team’s top rebounder and blocker with 10.2 and 1.3, respectively.
Bobby Portis, who suffered a knee injury last week, is still out for the Bucks, and former Clipper Serge Ibaka is still unavailable due to personal matters as the franchise looks to trade the veteran.
On Tuesday, the Clippers were without John Wall and Marcus Morris. Wall will miss tonight’s game with an abdominal injury. Morris is listed as questionable.
The Clippers and Bucks have split their two-game season series in each of the past two seasons. This is the first meeting this season. The two teams will play in eight days in Los Angeles. The teams have split the last ten games, though the Clippers are 7-3 ATS over that span. LA is 6-1 SU in its last seven games and 5-1 ATS in its last six.
Milwaukee has won five of the last seven games against the Clippers. The Bucks are 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home. Milwaukee is 21-5 SU at home this season. The total has gone Over in six of the eight head-to-head meetings. The total has also gone over in six of the last eight Clippers-Bucks games played in Milwaukee. Four of the last five Clippers games have seen the total go Over.
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