Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets 10/24/2019 Picks Previews and Prediction
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Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets 10/24/2019 – After falling short in the playoffs last season, the Milwaukee Bucks will be stepping into the 2019-20 season with laser-sharp focus. The Houston Rockets will be trying to seize the opportunity of a wide-open title race after getting victimized by the Golden State Warriors over the past few years. Bet on NBA games now, because this match is going to be an explosive one with the league’s last two regular-season MVPs going head-to-head on Thursday at Toyota Center.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets 10/24/2019
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets 10/24/2019 Betting Odds
Milwaukee Bucks Betting
The Bucks are viewed by many experts as one of two elite teams in the Eastern Conference (the other one is the Philadelphia 76ers). Despite losing former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon to free agency, Milwaukee’s overall roster makeup has vastly improved, adding in Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez to the mix. Of course, all eyes will be on the reigning NBA regular-season MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who comes in a nightmare mismatch for the Rockets after he averaged 23.0 PPG, 17.5 RPG, and 4.5 APG in 2 games vs. Houston last season.
Players to Watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7 PPG, 12.5 RPG, and 5.9 APG*) Khris Middleton (18.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 4.3 APG*), and Brook Lopez (12.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.2 APG*)
Houston Rockets Betting
After consecutive years of playoff disappointments largely because they couldn’t get past the Warriors, the Rockets face a golden opportunity of finally making into the finals and win it all in June now that Kevin Durant has switched teams. With their newly-minted dynamic duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, Houston will enter the 2019-20 NBA season with a win or bust mentality. Harden, who set all kinds of scoring records last season, is expected to even better his already historic stats. Against the Bucks last season, Harden produced 32.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, and 6.5 APG.
Players to Watch: James Harden (36.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG and 7.5 APG*), Russell Westbrook (22.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG and 10.7 APG*), and Eric Gordon (16.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, and 1.9 APG*).
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets 10/24/2019 Betting Numbers
Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Houston is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games.
Eric Bledsoe PG Ribs is an upgraded to probable Thursday vs Houston
Russell Westbrook PG Finger is probable Thursday vs Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets Betting Picks
The Bucks have been ultra-impressive in the pre-season, winning all of their four exhibition matches effortlessly. The Rockets went 4-3 in the pre-season, but Harden and Westbrook played minimal minutes together.
Moneyline: The Rockets are coming in as the slight -2 favorites to win the opener. ESPN Basketball Power Index also agrees with the odds set by top online sportsbooks, giving the home team 56.6 percent edge. But my bet will be on the Bucks, who got the Rockets’ numbers last season by winning all of their two meetings.
ATS: Milwaukee has a 5-4 ATS record in the last 10 head-to-head meetings with Houston. This match is going to be a back-and-forth battle down the final seconds, but I actually think the Bucks can win the game in the end and cover the spread.
TOTALs: Houston averaged 113.28 points per game last season while Milwaukee had one of the best offenses in the league at 117.3 per contest. The lowest OU Total for this game is set at 229.5 points while the highest is at 231.5. With the kind of offensive firepower both teams possess, it’s safe to say that they are going to exceed that mark.
Score Prediction: 125 – 123 Bucks