The Milwaukee Bucks are on the road for a battle with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bucks are (42-7), coming off a 129-108 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Pelicans are (20-30), after falling to the Houston Rockets, 117-109.
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Head to Head
These teams have played 38 regular season games with New Orleans holding a large lead 26 to 12. The Bucks currently hold a 1-0 lead in the season series. They also swept the Pelicans last season.
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Stats
In the Bucks win over the Suns, Milwaukee was guided throughout the game by Giannis Antetounmpo. Antetounmpo secured a double-double, totaling 30 points, 19 rebounds, while adding 9 assists. The Bucks converted on 50% from the floor and 40% from 3-point range. Milwaukee won the game from distance, as the Bucks made 15 3-pointers, while the Suns made just 6. The Bucks out rebounded the Suns, 60 to 50.
In the Pelicans loss to the Rockets, New Orleans was led throughout the game by Brandon Ingram. Ingram registered 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Pelicans shot 45% from the floor and 305 from 3-point range. New Orleans dominated Houston on the boards, out rebounding them, 63 to 43. However, the Pelicans could not take advantage of opportunities, as the pelicans committed 21 turnovers.
Outside of Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee doesn’t have another player who can get to the hoop on their own. Despite Middleton’s brilliance, only 16 percent of his shots come at the rim—the fewest percentage in his career. Having another player who can apply pressure on the basket if/when their three-point shooting goes cold will only help in the long run.
Among all players to use over 20 percent of their team’s possessions, Middleton ranks sixth in true shooting percentage, just ahead of the unconscious Damian Lillard. His 127.5 points per 100 shot attempts also ranks in the 97th percentile among forwards according to Cleaning the Glass.
Brandon Ingram, who had been hot through the first three quarters with 28 points, went scoreless in the final frame. Jrue Holiday, who was suffering through a forgettable performance (11 points on 14 shots, 1-3 FTs, 0-5 threes), on the other hand, also failed to rise to the occasion. The Pelicans combined to make just 5 of 22 field goal attempts and they missed all nine of their three-point attempts. They also missed three crucial free throws when the game still hung in the balance. But what really made head Alvin Gentry livid afterwards was the fact that the team failed to find Zion Williamson during the last four minutes of the contest.
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans News
Missing players Bucks: George Hill (Hamstring) is questionable.
Missing players Pelicans: No reports of injuries.
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Odds
Spread: – 6 Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Predictions
New Orleans has a losing record at home, while the Bucks are 19-4 on the road. The Bucks have the best scoring offense in the league, averaging over 120 per game. That does not look good for the Pelicans, as New Orleans ranks 28th in scoring defense, giving up over 117 per game. Milwaukee is more talented and should be able to post back to back wins with ease. Final score prediction, Bucks will win and cover, 124-112.