The Eastern Conference playoff battle is complete madness, and the betting action continues on the last day of March, so we have prepared the best Bucks vs. Nets NY betting pick along with the latest team stats and news.
According to BetMGM Sportsbook, the Nets are small 1.5-point favorites with a total of 238.5 points. They look to beat the Bucks for the second time in a row and tie their four-game regular-season series.
The Bucks won three of their last four games
The Milwaukee Bucks (47-28; 36-39 ATS) bounced back from a heavy 127-102 defeat at the Memphis Grizzlies with a 118-116 victory at the Philadelphia 76ers this past Tuesday. It was their third win in the last four games overall and 11th over their previous 14 outings, as the reigning champions continue to chase the Heat for the top seed in the East.
Milwaukee overcame a 14-point deficit against the Sixers on the back of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 40-point display. The Greek Freak went 16-for-24 from the field and 7-for-10 from the charity stripe. He also had 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and a steal, while Khris Middleton posted a nice line of 22 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
The Bucks finally look healthy. Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have missed games over the last few weeks, and Milwaukee desperately needs their best players on the court. The Bucks are only half a game off the No. 1 seed, while fourth-seed Philadelphia trails Milwaukee by just a game.
The Nets won four of their last six
The Brooklyn Nets (40-36; 30-43-3 ATS) are coming off a 130-123 victory to the Detroit Pistons this past Tuesday. It wasn’t an easy win by any means, as the clash was tied at 108-108 with five minutes left on the clock. The Nets made some clutch free throws down the stretch but ultimately failed to cover a massive 13.5-point spread.
Kevin Durant led the charge for the Nets with 41 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Kyrie Irving accounted for 24 points and four dishes, but he also committed six turnovers. Once more, the Nets struggled to defend, while their offense made the difference.
Brooklyn is now occupying the No. 8 seed in the East, two and a half games behind the No. 7 Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets are only one game ahead of the No. 9 Charlotte Hornets and 1.5 games ahead of the No. 10 Atlanta Hawks.
- 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games overall
- 8-4 ATS in the last 12 games on the road
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games against Milwaukee
- 4-16 ATS in the last 20 games at home
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick
This game could easily go either way, and I lean the visitors because of their defense. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will torture the Bucks, but the reigning champs should have enough weapons to keep the rest of the Nets in check.
The Bucks have easily outlasted the Nets in their first two meetings of the season, 127-104 and 121-109, while Durant-less Brooklyn responded with a 126-123 road win on February 26. Irving had 38 points in that narrow victory, and the Bucks’ second unit accounted for a paltry 13 points. Hopefully, Jrue Holiday will play much better defense on Kyrie this time around.
Pick: Take Milwaukee Bucks +1.5 at -110
The Bucks have surpassed a 120-point line in each of their previous three meetings with the Nets in 2021-22. Brooklyn’s defense ranks 22nd in the league in points allowed per 100 possessions (113.0) and 29th in offensive rebounds (11.4), so we should see a high-scoring affair.
Both teams prefer to play at a fast pace. Over their last five outings, the Bucks have averaged 100.2 possessions per 48 minutes (4th in the league), while the Nets have recorded 99.5 (7th).
Pick: Go over 238.5 points at -110