The Hornets won five of their last seven games and are having their best two-week stretch of the season. They will try to secure back-to-back wins against the defending champions following a 114-106 victory over the Bucks in their previous game. At the other end of the spectrum, we find a struggling Bucks team with only a win in four games. Giannis and company will try to break free from this slump as they step inside the Spectrum Center for a second time.
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Bucks vs. Hornets Game Information
- When: Monday, January 10, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: Newsradio 620 WTMJ Bucks (Bucks) / 102.5 FM WFNZ (Hornets)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Bucks (+TBA) / Hornets (-TBA)
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Bucks were on a four-game winning streak on the road before losing to the Hornets. They trailed by eight points by the final whistle despite solid efforts in the fourth quarter. Head coach Mike Budenholzer and his players try to get their footing back in this contest before facing the mighty Warriors.
There’s plenty of offensive threat expected from the Bucks in this game. They are the third-highest scoring team in the league at 112.1 points per game while averaging 45.5% shooting (16th). The Bucks also have an imposing three-point shooting percentage at 36.1% (eighth).
Defensively, the Bucks allow 108.2 opponent points (18th) per game. They restrain opponents to 44.2% shooting (seventh). The team limits competitors to 33.8% from beyond the arc, while allowing a 53.1% opponent two-point (21st) percentage per game. Furthermore, the visitors can muscle out the Hornets in rebounding with a 55.2 total-rebound (third) per game average, which is relevant on both offensive and defensive ends.
Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen are unavailable for Monday night’s game. Jordan Nwora and Wesley Matthews are expected to fill in for the starters.
Why Bet on the Charlotte Hornets?
The Hornets are on the list of this season’s dark horse teams. They feature a youthful squad full of energy, which produced some impressive results in recent weeks. Their season features victories against bigger names such as the Bucks and the Nuggets.
The hosts currently hold the No. 8 seed of the Eastern Conference. They are the second-highest scoring team in the league averaging 115.5 points per game. The Hornets’ lineup features exemplary shooters which contribute to their 46.4% shooting (tenth) percentage. The Bucks are also expected to put their perimeter defense to work as their opponents boast a 37.9% three-point shooting (second) average per game. As a team, the Hornets are shooting 54.2% from the field (third) in 40 games played.
Defense is where the Hornets are left short-handed. The team allows 116.3 points (30th) per game. They also lack the rebounding power to match the Bucks. The Hornets average just 51.6 total rebounds (25th) per game. This is where the bulk of the work has to be to keep the Bucks from pulling away.
The Hornets can utilize the full potential of their entire roster. LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, and Miles Bridges take the scoring load, while Gordon Hayward and Mason Plumlee provide some much-needed support on both ends of the floor.
Bucks vs. Hornets Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 4-1 in the last five regular-season road games (4-1 ATS).
- The Bucks are 3-2 in the last five regular-season road games against the Hornets (1-4 ATS).
- The totals went over in two of the Bucks’ last five regular-season road games.
- The Hornets are 4-1 in the last five games at the Spectrum Center (4-1 ATS).
- The Hornets are 3-2 in the last five regular-season games against the Bucks (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in five of the Hornets’ last ten games against the Bucks.
Bucks vs. Hornets Expert Betting Prediction
The Bucks have plenty of competition ahead of them as they try to defend their 2020-21 NBA Championship title. This time, they try to even things out with a persistent Hornets team. The margins are narrow between the two teams here. Although the Bucks enter the game as the slight favorites, the Hornets are breathing down their necks. Covering the spread should be relatively straightforward for the hosts after drawing first blood. Furthermore, the Bucks are in trouble if the Hornets repeat their previous performance. Head coach Mike Budenholzer needs his team firing on all cylinders to bring this one home.
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