The NBA is back and it all starts with the preseason. Two 1-2 teams will face off in their fourth game of the preseason. The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Utah to take on The Jazz in what should be a big game. It’s time to continue our NBA odds streak and make a Bucks-Jazz prediction and pick.
This match-up will certainly be a good one. These two teams come out of dominant victories. The Bucks just smashed the Thunder by 20 and the Jazz destroyed the Pelicans by 30. These are the only preseason wins for either team and both teams will look to continue that momentum in their fourth game. There were surprises on both sides and this Wednesday night game will certainly be worth watching.
here’s how bookmakers set Bucks-Jazz odds for Wednesday’s game.
NBA odds: Bucks-Jazz odds
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Milwaukee Bucks: +2.5 (-105)
Utah Jazz: -2.5 (-115)
Over 223.5 (-120)
Less than 223.5 (+100)
Why dollars could cover the spread
The reigning NBA champions just picked up an impressive victory over Oklahoma City. In a game where only one starter saw more than 20 minutes of playing time, they managed to dominate the Thunder. Load management is an important aspect of the preseason, but it’s always promising to see a dominant win.
The Bucks distribute the ball very well. The scoring was distributed over the entire team. It’s a nightmare scenario for the opponents. Keeping a team where anyone can get a bucket is extremely difficult. In their victory over the Thunder, eight Bucks players scored 10 or more points. Regardless of finding an answer for Giannis, trying to defend a team as balanced as the Bucks is nearly impossible. Giannis contributed, but didn’t see much playing time. It’s expected, but what was unexpected was how it would open up opportunities for the rest of the squad to shine.
Jordan Nwora stepped up as other Bucks players saw their playing time limited. Last season he only played an average of 9 minutes. If the preseason is any indication of his performance in the regular season, that number will certainly increase. Nwora had a monster performance against the Nets. He scored 30 points in 33 minutes and made the game extremely competitive. Jordan Nwora has been a beacon of hope for Milwaukee and if his monster preseason continues, this game is shaping up well for the Bucks.
Why jazz could cover the spread
The Utah Jazz obliterated the New Orleans Pelicans in their last game. Outclassing their opponent every quarter of the match, the Jazz won 127-96. The 0-2 start of the preseason didn’t go well with Utah and they were determined to make a change. Most teams would have given up during the preseason, but Utah not. They’ll definitely try to bring that aggression into a math-up against the reigning NBA champions.
The Jazz are hungrier than the Bucks. The Bucks will likely play a calm game and try to fix some issues. Not Jazz. Utah will seek to destroy the Bucks and will do so by playing their starters for almost 30 minutes. In an uncompetitive game against New Orleans, the Utah starters all saw almost 30 minutes of playing time. If the Jazz continue to increase aggression, they should win. Different teams have different goals for the preseason. After their last clash, Utah made it clear their goal. They want to instill a winning culture now. The stars will not rest and the big guns will come out.
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are two pillars of this Jazz team. If they both play for 30 minutes in a game where the Bucks stars play under 20, then victory looks likely. The preseason is very different from the regular season. While Milwaukee may be the better team, Utah is definitely in a position to win this preseason game.
Bucks-Jazz final prediction and picks
This game will boil down to playing time and training. It looks like the Bucks are using a more careful strategy with their stars. The Jazz, for their part, have decided to let go of their players. The Jazz should win this game if playing time continues to be divided the same way it has been throughout the preseason. Pick the Jazz to win and cover and get ready to watch their best players attempt to dominate the reigning NBA champions.
BUCKS-JAZZ FINAL CHOICE: Utah Jazz -2.5 (-115)
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Jazz Win 113-107