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Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets Predictions, Odds & Picks

Bucks Vs Nuggets 2021 02 08
  • With a win, the Milwaukee Bucks could extend their winning streak to five!
  • The Denver Nuggets are coming off of a loss, despite a 50 point performance from Nikola Jokic!
  • Over 97 regular-season meetings, the Nuggets lead the Bucks 61-36.

Bucks vs Nuggets Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 -112 TBA -157
Denver Nuggets +3.5 -109 TBA +128

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Bucks vs Denver Nuggets Predictions and Picks

The Denver Nuggets’ defence has taken a dive this season, much to the delight of the run-and-gun Milwaukee Bucks. While the Nuggets have an intimidating offence of their own, it’s unlikely they can pull out a win without stopping the Bucks’ inside-out attack.

Pick:

Milwaukee Bucks to Win (-157)

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How to Watch Bucks vs Nuggets

Bucks vs Nuggets Information
What Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets
Where Ball Arena, Denver, CO
When 9:30 PM EST, February 8th, 2021
How to Watch NBATV

Head-to-Head: Bucks vs Nuggets

Milwaukee Bucks Head-to-Head Denver Nuggets
Mike Budenholzer Head Coach Mike Malone
15-8 (2nd in East) Standing 12-10 (6th in West)
W-W-W-W Form L-L-W-L
118.9 (1st of 30) Off Rtg 116.1 (5th of 30)
109.2 (8th of 30) Def Rtg 112.8 (22nd of 30)
101.9 (5th of 30) Pace 97.1 (29th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

G. Antetokounmpo (27.1) PPG N. Jokic (27.2)
G. Antetokounmpo (11.2) RPG N. Jokic (11.5)
G. Antetokounmpo, K. Middleton (5.8) APG N. Jokic (8.6)
J. Holiday (1.9) SPG N. Jokic (1.7)
B. Lopez (1.5) BPG M. Porter (1.0)
T. Antetokounmpo (.654)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.0) FG%/FGM N. Jokic (.569)/N. Jokic (10.5)
B. Portis (.479)/K. Middleton (2.6) 3P%/3PM J. Green (.468)/M. Porter (2.3)

Milwaukee Have An Advantage Inside

Not only are the Milwaukee Bucks incredibly efficient, but they are versatile all over the court. While the Denver Nuggets struggle defensively, the Bucks are yet to be held down by many NBA defences.

The Bucks are incredibly efficient, ranking second overall in field-goal percentage and third overall in three-point shooting percentage. Considering the Nuggets are in the bottom third in field-goal percentage allowed, the Bucks are encouraged to attack the paint.

Succeeding in the paint will open up the Bucks shooters, especially as help comes to cover their lack of shot-blocking.


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The Nuggets Must Adapt Their Defence

The Denver Nuggets are no longer the team that reached the Western Conference Finals last season. They lost key pieces in Torrey Craig, Mason Plumlee, and Jerami Grant. Most notably, Denver’s defence has taken a dive since their roster overhaul.

New rotational players like Michael Porter Jr, Jamychal Green, and PJ Dozier haven’t made up the defensive difference that their formers took up. As such, Denver’s performance has suffered this season.

Good at closing out on their opponents but bad at recovering, Denver must limit Milwaukee somewhere if they hope to engage their competitive offence. It won’t be enough for Denver to get in a scoring battle with Milwaukee.

Bucks Key Player: (G) Bryn Forbes

Bucks guard Bryn Forbes came into Milwaukee from the San Antonio Spurs with one goal in mind – hit open three-point shots.

While Forbes’ overall output is down, his efficiency is at a career-best. Forbes is hitting 47.8% of his three-point shots, despite playing his fewest minutes per game since his rookie season.

Against a swarming Nuggets defence, the Bucks are going to see a lot of hard closeouts. How players like Forbes handle the closeouts and move the ball will determine the Bucks’ success.

Nuggets Key Player: (C) Nikola Jokic

A true star in the NBA, Nikola Jokic is one of the true all-around threats in the league. While his performances have been spectacular, the Nuggets have struggled despite his play.

Jokic is coming off of a 50 points, 12 assist, and eight rebound performance against the Sacramento Kings. Despite his efforts, the Nuggets’ lack defensive standards lost them the game.

Jokic can only do so much for his teammates, and a 50 points performance isn’t realistic every night. Continuing his scoring efforts while creating opportunities for his teammates will be necessary for the Nuggets to steal a win though.

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