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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets NBA Betting Picks, Odds and Predictions | August 2, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets NBA betting preview, odds and picks

At the beginning of any Houston, Rockets conversation is James Harden.  Three NBA scoring championships bring attention.  Houston was a top contender for the past three seasons.  Specifically, they were not quite up to Golden State’s level.  However, this season has not been quite as good.  Houston’s defense has become a major NBA betting liability.  Counter to that is a Bucks team that plays the full court.  Milwaukee brings unrivaled balance in the Association.  Along the same lines is a drive to make the Finals.  Sunday night ABC gets a star-studded dandy with Rockets and Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Betting Information

Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: The Arena (WWOS)
TV Coverage: ABC

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Bucks -3½ (-110) 243 (-110) -165
Rockets +3½ (-110) 243 (-110) +145
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets CashBet Wagering Analysis

To begin with, this is an online sportsbook matchup of opposites.  Defensively the Bucks will hold a decided advantage.  James Harden and his sidekick Russell Westbrook will earn what they get.  Public betting perception has Milwaukee as a completer and more serious contender.  Specifically, the Bucks have the best record in the NBA.  Milwaukee has been consistently profitable for the past two campaigns.  Gamblers are quick to rely upon that.  On the other hand, the Rockets have been in red ink for 2019-20.  Bettors are hard to forgive such unreliability.  Neither team has a motivational angle for this game.

Milwaukee Makes Bucks with Full Court Game

Now the Bucks have a betting on NBA record of 53-12 straight up and 36-29 against the spread.  Milwaukee went under the total in just 30 games.  NBA metrics have the Bucks first for scoring and fifth for points allowed.  Of great concern was Milwaukee’s fade before play stopped.  Just one payout in their final six games was a drain.  And a 114-103 loss at the Lakers March 6 was seen as a reality check.

Namely, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo dominates for the Bucks.  Giannis is averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.  Antetokounmpo was 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player.  And he has had an All-Star team named after him the past two seasons.  Also contributing is SF Kris Middleton with 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mike Budenholzer doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.  Consider that he has twice won NBA Coach of the Year honors.  Budenholzer is one of the few coaches to have success with the Atlanta Hawks. More emphatically he led them to the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals.  His work with Giannis and the Bucks has impressed all.  Milwaukee has not sacrificed defense while maintaining top scoring.

Rockets Must Tighten Up Back End for Championship Flight

Houston is sixth in the Western Conference heading into the restart.  It follows that the Rockets have a Betting on basketball record of 40-24 straight up and 29-35 against the spread.  Houston went over the total in just 28 games.  In turn, the Rockets rank second for scoring offense and 22nd for points allowed.

SG James Harden is pumping in 34.4 points with 6.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game.  Concurrently he is a five-time NBA All-Star and 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player.  Former Thunder star PG Russell Westbrook is a perfect complement to Harden.  Westbrook averages 27.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game.

Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets Head to Head with Spread

Milwaukee is 3-2 with the odds as a chalk vs. the Rockets.  And 2-3 under the total when favored against Houston.  While the Rockets are 2-6 vs. the line head to head with the Bucks.  Houston is 2-5 under the total in their series with Milwaukee

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets CashBet Free Pick

Milwaukee’s complete game makes for the Basketball betting difference here.  Even with the Rockets scoring potential is the Bucks superior defense paramount.  Moreover, Milwaukee has shown vastly superior wagering value.

Bucks vs. Rockets CashBet Best Bet:  Milwaukee Bucks

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