The Milwaukee Bucks (56-22) are first in the Eastern Conference and have clinched the division as they will now face the Washington Wizards (34-44) at the Captial One Arena on Tuesday.
The Bucks are enjoying a 7-3 run in their last ten games and are coming off a 117-104 win against the Philadelphia 76ers in their previous outing. The first quarter set the mark where the Bucks took the lead and maintained it throughout the game, winning the first 41-26. Giannis Antetokounmpo was only four assists shy of a triple-double, finishing with 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Brook Lopez contributed 21 points, while Khris Middleton added another 19 in the win. As for the 76ers, Tyrese Maxey scored 29 points, and Joel Embiid continued his excellent form with 28 points in the loss.
Milwaukee will now take on the Washington Wizards, who are almost out of the playoff race and on a three-game losing run. The Wizards are 11th in the East and suffered a 118-109 loss against the New York Knicks in their last game. Jalen Brunson’s 27-point effort and Quentin Grimes’s 27 points were enough to lead the Knicks to a nine-point win. Only Corey Kispert could bring out his A-game for the Wizards, ending up with 29 points.
Fixture: Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards: Injury Report
There are a number of injuries surrounding the two teams at the moment. Khris Middleton has been ruled out due to a knee issue for the Bucks, while Meyers Leonard is probable because of a calf problem. Grayson Allen is out with an ankle injury, and Jevon Carter has been listed as probable with a knee injury.
As for the Wizards, Bradley Beal will miss out due to a knee injury, while Kristaps Porzingis is out due to illness. Monte Morris has an ankle issue that keeps him out of tonight’s contest, whereas Kyle Kuzma is also out because of an ankle injury.
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Knee|
|Meyers Leonard||Milwaukee Bucks||Probable||Calf|
|Grayson Allen||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Ankle|
|Jevon Carter||Milwaukee Bucks||Probable||Knee|
|Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||Out||Knee|
|Kristaps Porzingis||Washington Wizards||Out||Illness|
|Monte Morris||Washington Wizards||Out||Ankle|
|Kyle Kuzma||Washington Wizards||Out||Ankle|
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards: Betting Odds
|Milwaukee Bucks||-800||-13.5 (-110)||O 230.5 (-110)|
|Washington Wizards||+575||+13.5 (-110)||U 230.5 (-110)|
Bucks: F Giannis Antetokounmpo, F Bobby Portis, C Brook Lopez, G Jrue Holiday, G Pat Connaughton
Wizards: F Deni Avdija, F Corey Kispert, C Daniel Gafford, G Delon Wright, G Jonathan Davis
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards: Betting Prediction
The Bucks have a 2-1 lead over the Wizards this season. The two teams will now meet for the fourth and final time in the regular season, where the Bucks will look to seal the series 3-1. The Wizards are only 18-20 at home, while the Bucks are a solid 25-14 on the road, which gives them an easy advantage. The Bucks are averaging 117.0 ppg, 7th in the league, compared to the Wizards, 23rd in the league, averaging 113.0 ppg. Defensively, the Bucks are marginally better, conceding 113.0 ppg, 14th in the league, while the Wizards are 16th, conceding 113.9 ppg.
Based on current form and statistics, it is fair to say that the Bucks should cover the spread tonight.