Milwaukee Bucks (@2.15) vs Houston Rockets (@1.75)
22-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Houston Rockets will win

Milwaukee Bucks – Houston Rockets Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

Capelas vertical threat in the pick-and-roll is very strong, and he can force a pick your poison decision by opponents when Chris Paul or James Harden are running that play with him. When Rockets center Capela is great, the Rockets usually win. He averages 18.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per 36 minutes in wins but just 15.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per 36 minutes in losses.

Harden is going through the best stretch of his career, and he has the Rockets playing exceptional basketball. This game is likely to be a high scoring affair with two of the best players in the NBA on full display. Bet the Houston Rockets -1.0 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee has quietly built a really good team, and they can score with anyone in the league. The Bucks will have their hands full with James Harden in this game though.

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They may be less motivated by seeding and more motivated to enter the postseason healthy and rested. They very well could continue to play motivated basketball to ensure that the leagues No. 1 overall seed belongs to them. The Rockets had the NBAs best record last year only to lose a Game 7 at home to the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. However, the Bucks are new to the NBAs upper class.

Milwaukee is currently the best team in the League with 117.5 ppg at 47.7% from the field and restrains other teams to score up to 108.1 ppg. The Bucks have 49.4 rebounds, 26.1 assists, 6.0 blocks, and 7.5 steals per encounter with foes in the NBA. Antetokounmpo leads his team with 27.4 ppg, 58.2% in FG shooting, and 72.5% from the free throw stripe. The team is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 matches at home and 6 out of its last 7 contests went under the totals against a team with a 60%+ winning average. Milwaukee is at the helm of the Eastern Conference with a 55-19 win/loss summary and presently ranks first in the NBA League.

Bucks Big 3 The Bucks gave the Rockets a prettygood fight in their game at Houston earlier in the season as they lost a close 115-111 shootout. Middleton, in particular, must bounce back from his recent slump. Theyll obviouslyneed those three to get back to that level to overcome the in-form Rockets. Their star trio of Giannis, Bledsoe, and Middleton was instrumental in keeping them that close as they combined for 70 of the teams 111 points.

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James Harden led the way with 32 points and 14 assists, Clint Capela added 31 points on 13 of 18 shooting while PJ Tucker and Gerald Green each scored 21 points. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been on a tear as theyve won 12 of their last 14 games and they too will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Nuggets in a 125-113 home win on Monday. As a team, the Rockets shot 50 percent from the field and 22 of 47 from the 3-point line as they cruised to victory after taking control of the game with a 37-25 second quarter. With the win, Houston improved to 23-16 overall and 14-5 at home. Chris Paul sat out his eighth straight game with that left hamstring strain while Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.

As a team they are 5th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 50% of their shots, ranking 1st in the league. The Rockets are 2nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 114.5, and their defensive rating of 112.9 is ranked 26th. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 9th in the league. Houston is 15th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. In terms of pace they are 28th in the league with 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 4th.

Dog of the day

PG James Harden tallied 28 points in 29 minutes followed by PG Chris Paul with 10 and passed 13 assists. Houston sank a total of 21 three-pointers and was 48.8% from the field. The Houston Rockets have its sights on Wisconsin to clash with the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Rockets just riddled the Pelicans with a score of 113-90 at the Smoothie King Center Sunday night. SG Eric Gordon had 18 points while PF Kenneth Faried delivered 11 points and 11 boards to claim his 13th double-double. Houston took advantage of the loss of interest of the New Orleans team that played with less intensity.

You could make an argument for either team here, but Im leaning towards the Bucks to get the win while the Rockets are still shorthanded. You cant really split the teams when you look at the betting trends as both teams are have been hot, but I just worry if the Rockets injuries will finally catch up to them in this one. The Rockets are currently the hottest team in the league right now as Harden has been on an absolute tear, but theyre running into the league-leading Bucks who are on another big run of their own with 10 wins in their last 12 games.

The Bucks are 4th in the NBA in offensive rating with 114.2, and their defensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 5th in the league with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 1st. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 29th in the league. Milwaukee is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.6 on the defensive end. As a team they are 2nd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 2nd in the league.

The Rockets will be going for their 17th win in a row when they visit the Greek Freak and the struggling Bucks.

However, Khris Middleton continued his erratic play of late. After going 5-of-14 for ten points in a win over the Sixers, he went just 1-of-7 for six points against the Pacers, days after hitting them for 30. Eric Bledsoe had a team-high 26 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks. The Rockets remain on the road to face the slumping Milwaukee Bucks (34-30), who have now lost four of their last five games following a 92-89 defeat to the Indiana Pacers.

With them, Malcolm Brogdon is already out for the season. Tony snell has been ruled out of the game due to sprained left ankle. Bucks too are suffering from injuries lately and it may be difficult for them to grab a win here. Pau Gasol is expected to be out for a month due to left ankle injury, while Nikola Mirotic has suffered an left thumb fracture and will be out for two to four weeks.

Theyll get another taste of that unforgiving grind tonight as they go on the second night of a back-to-back on the road. Back-to-back If theres anything that can conceivably slow the Rockets down and end their streak, its the sheer grind of the long NBA schedule. Theyve shown they have the tools to withstand those tests this season, but theyll need to prove it again to push their win streak further.