Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic Game 4 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Milwaukee Bucks took a 2-1 lead in the series against the Orlando Magic with a win in Game 3!
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is the series’ scoring leader with 31.3 points per game.
- The Bucks have dominated the rebounding battle in this series over three games, 148 to 125.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-13.5 -110||O 226 -109||-1115|
|Orlando Magic||+13.5 +110||U 226 –112||+750|
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Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic Predictions and Picks
After a dreadful Game 1 performance, the Milwaukee Bucks look to have found their form. With their offence back on track, we can’t foresee the Magic being able to keep up.
Milwaukee Bucks def. Orlando Magic -1115
Milwaukee -13.5 -110
Over 226 -109
How to Watch Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic
|Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic Information|
|What||Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Monday, August 24th, 2020; 1:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||NBATV|
Head-to-Head: Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic
|Orlando Magic||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Steve Clifford||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|33-40 (8th in East, 18th Overall)||Standing||56-17 (1st in East, 1st Overall)|
|108.5 (23rd of 30)||Off Rtg||112.4 (8th of 30)|
|109.5 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||102.9 (1st of 30)|
|98.6 (25th of 30)||Pace||105.1 (1st of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Vucevic (29.0)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (31.3)|
|N. Vucevic (9.7)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (16.0)|
|D. Augustin (7.3)||APG||E. Bledsoe (6.7)|
|T-Clark, Fournier (1.3)||SPG||E. Bledsoe (1.7)|
|T-Fultz, Iwundu (0.7)||BPG||T-Lopez, Bledsoe, Connaughton (0.7)|
|N. Vucevic (.545)/N. Vucevic (12.0)||FG%/FGM||R. Lopez (.750)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.3)|
|M. Fultz (.429)/N. Vucevic (3.0)||3P%/3PM||P. Connaughton (.538)/T-Connaughton, Matthews (2.3)|
Milwaukee Win’s By Doing the Dirty Work
The Milwaukee Bucks may be one of the NBA‘s leaders in offensive and defensive efficiency, but much of their success is born from their willingness to perform the more blue-collar tasks needed to succeed.
Most notably, the Bucks have dominated the rebounding battle against an Orlando Magic team that boasts impressive size at every position. Milwaukee is averaging 49.3 rebounds per game to Orlando’s 41.6 rebounds per game, as led by Giannis Antetokounmpo who is collecting an average of 16.0 rebounds per game.
A special mention also goes out to Donte DiVincenzo. The former NCAA National Champion has made a name for himself as a tireless player, able to attack from everywhere on offences while being undaunted when matching up with larger players on the glass. After losing Game 1, Milwaukee’s dominance has been a breath of fresh air and a return to form.
Orlando Must Limit Sloppy Play
The Orlando Magic are already outmatched at almost every position. With the Milwaukee Bucks pushing the pace and seemingly scoring at will, the Orlando Magic have little room for error.
To overcome their monumental task, the Magic must limit the number of turnovers they commit. By providing the Bucks with additional possessions, the Magic are only making this harder for themselves.
In Game 3, the Bucks score 25 points off of 18 Magic turnovers. Four different players had three or more turnovers in the game, Markelle Fultz leading that group with five on his own. In order to succeed, they must optimize their possessions.
Bucks Key Player: (F) Khris Middleton
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 23, 2020
Khris Middleton’s return to form is more than welcome for Mike Budenholzer and the Milwaukee Bucks. After struggling in the first two games, the two-time All-Star rebounded in Game 3 with an all-around night.
Middleton contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, and six assists on 41.2% from the field and 42.9% from three. Middleton’s ability to impact the game as a non-scorer opens up opportunities for him as others create in his favour.
The contributions of Middleton are crucial to the success of the Bucks. In particular, his three-point shot has been signal for the Bucks’ eventual victory. In losses, Middleton shoots 36.4% from three, while shooting 43.9% in victories. The cleaner shots Middleton has, the better chance the Bucks have at winning.
Magic Key Player: (G) Markelle Fultz
This is such an encouraging sign for Markelle Fultz’s future. When he eventually starts punishing teams for going under PnR with 3s & forces them into drops, he’ll be a really tough cover given his size, craft, mid-range game. Great half for the #1 pick. https://t.co/ALGa9FqlWj pic.twitter.com/k0CoInRwLg
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) August 18, 2020
The Orlando Magic have a very unique player in Markelle Fultz leading them at the point of attack. Where most teams would’ve struggled against Eric Bledsoe, Fultz’s craftiness and size have gotten the better of the veteran on many occasions.
In his second-ever playoff series, Fultz is averaging a modest 10.3 points and 4.7 assists in 27.7 minutes per game. If the Magic want to win in Game 4, Fultz can’t afford to be passive.
He had his worst game of the playoffs in Game 3, posting just five points and five assists to go along with five turnovers on 22% shooting. Fultz is a capable scorer and has the ability to create for others. In order to bring the series level, Fultz must produce from the point position.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.