NBA Preseason: Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds
Brooklyn Nets are set to host Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason NBA game. They met last time in the Eastern Conference Semifinals where Milwaukee had the last laugh. But this time Brooklyn has brought in some good players and they are likely to compete for the NBA title it seems.
This season, Brooklyn Nets has already played one preseason game. They lost the game by 77-87 against Memphis Grizzlies. Brooklyn Nets on the other hand defeated Los Angeles Lakers by 123-97 points.
Tonight Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks will clash at Barclays Center, home to Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds: Predicted Winner
The defending champions Milwaukee Bucks did not look in a good shape when they faced Memphis Grizzlies in their first preseason game. Facing Brooklyn Nets tonight on their home turf may not be an easy task. Looking at the form of both the teams and also considering the home advantage, Brooklyn Nets has an edge in tonight’s game.
The latest Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds also predicts a win for the host Brooklyn Nets. As per Smarkets, the betting odds for Bucks win is 2.58, and that for the host Brooklyn Nets, the odds are 1.43.
The outright prediction for this season’s NBA predicts Brooklyn Nets to win the NBA title with an odds of +230. Milwaukee is quite behind as betting odds show they might not defend their title this season. They are +750.
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds: Preview
Defending champions Milwaukee Bucks will have their task cut out when they face Brooklyn to warm up for the season. Coming to the new season the Bucks are tipped to maintain their momentum as they lifted the NBA title last season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was a revelation last season for the Bucks as he racked up 28.1 points per game, 5.9 assists per game and 1.2 blocks per game.
The reigning champions will only have a bit more than 90 days before their season opener against Brooklyn on 20 October. Giannis has been nursing an injury and it remains to be seen whether he gets his chance in the game or not. The 26-year-old Greek is one of the highest-paid players in the NBA and Milwaukee will be relying on him a lot this upcoming season.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said the player needs to have a check on his body.
I think it’s fair to say there’s still a ramp-up phase. Today is really just his first time practicing and to include some five-on-five. We’ll see how he responds and plan each day kind of accordingly.”
The player himself too gave an update on his injury.
I practiced today. My first practice was good. The team looked good. I felt good. I gotta get up to date with the guys. They’re 10 speeds ahead of me but I feel good. Things look really, really good for me now. I’m getting back healthy. I’m feeling good so I’m excited.”
Brooklyn has managed to shore up their defence with a number of new signings as they now have Blake Griffin, Jeff Green, Nicolas Claxton, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap, James Johnson and Sekou Doumbouya in their ranks.
The Nets had to end their season on a sad note as they lost to Bucks in the game 7 in overtime. Kevin Durant did play his part but couldn’t cope up well as they went on to lose the game.
Added to that, Kyrie Irving wasn’t a part of the practice squad on Tuesday and it is not clear whether he wants to get the vaccine or not.
New York has a strong rule in place that players or athletes who intents to play or practice in the city need to be vaccinated. The team management is yet to take a decision whether to allow him or not.
Head coach Steve Nash ruled out any possibilities to shift the practice outside the city for Irving.
We support him, we’re here for him. When things change and there’s a resolution, we’re here for him.”
If Irving does not get the vaccine he is set to lose to the tune of $380,000 per match. His contract for the entire 2021-22 season is estimated to be $35.3m.
Nets would definitely want Irving to concentrate on the court as they do have a realistic chance to make it all the way.
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds: Head to Head
Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have faced each other 179 times. Milwaukee has won 104 games and the Nets have claimed the remaining 75 matches. Milwaukee’s away form hasn’t been that good as they have only won once in their last five matches while they have been dominant on their home turf.
On the other side, Brooklyn had a mixed season as they have lost their last three away matches and also have won just two out of their five home matches.
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction and Odds: Match Details
Milwaukee Bucks vs Brooklyn Nets
Scheduled Date and Time: August 11, 4 PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center
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