Preview: Milwaukee At Denver

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Matchup Edge
MIL Edge in: DEN
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The Milwaukee Bucks are struggling a bit of late, but nothing seems to improve a team’s outlook quite like a date with the Denver Nuggets these days. The Nuggets will try to avoid a seventh straight setback when they host the Bucks on Tuesday. Denver beat Dallas to earn a fifth straight win and improve to 18-20 on Jan. 14, but has since gone 2-19 and is in danger of posting an 0-5 mark on its five-game homestand.

The Nuggets, who went 38-3 at home while finishing third in the Western Conference in 2012-13, have lost 10 straight at home. Denver’s current overall losing streak began with an 89-81 loss at the Bucks in the first game back from the All-Star break, and the Nuggets are averaging 87.8 points in the last six games. Milwaukee dropped the first two of its four-game road trip to sub-.500 teams the Jazz and the Lakers, and has the misfortune of finishing up the west coast swing at NBA-best Golden State on Wednesday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (32-27): Milwaukee is enduring its own offensive struggles while trying to work in Michael Carter-Williams as the new starting point guard and is averaging 85.8 points in the last five games, with the lone win in that span coming at home against lowly Philadelphia. The Bucks shot 39.2 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times in an 82-75 loss at Utah on Saturday. Carter-Williams scored in double figures for the first time in three games since joining the team with 16 points on Saturday but had as many turnovers (three) as assists for the second straight game.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (20-39):
Denver is searching for the right combination of players to get the offense going and moved to a small starting lineup on Saturday with Kenneth Faried acting as the center and Danilo Gallinari in the No. 4 spot. The move was partly out of necessity due to center Jusuf Nurkic’s ankle injury, but at least Gallinari (21 points) had some success in the 99-92 loss. Faried was not as sharp and went 1-of-6 from the floor to drop to 29.2 percent shooting over his last four contests.

BUZZER BEATERS


1. Nuggets G Ty Lawson, who leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points, is averaging eight points in the last four games.

2. Bucks G Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable while G O.J. Mayo (hamstring) is not expected to play.

3. Milwaukee’s win on Feb. 20 snapped Denver’s eight-game winning streak in the series.

PREDICTION: Bucks 89, Nuggets 82

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 32-27 L2 17-11 15-16 0-2 32-25 5-6 21-15
Denver 20-39 L6 12-18 8-21 0-5 20-34 4-8 13-22

Last Meeting

Milwaukee Denver
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/20/15 DEN 81 MIL 89 89 46 42.9 81 44 35.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIL K. Middleton 15 40.0 5
DEN W. Chandler 19 40.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 9 0 9
DEN J. Nurkic 15 6 9
Assists Player  
MIL J. Bayless 8
DEN J. Nelson 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 767 47.9 198
DEN T. Lawson 955 44.5 232
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 433 80 353
DEN K. Faried 488 169 319
Assists Player  
MIL J. Bayless 205
DEN T. Lawson 587

Quickchart Matchup

Milwaukee  Off vs  Denver Def
97.9 Points For
104.2 Points Against
46.1 FG%
45.5 FG%
41.4 Reb
45.5 Reb
Denver Off vs  Milwaukee Def
99.4 Points For
96.4 Points Against
42.6 FG%
43.1 FG%
45.5 Reb
43.4 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
5
-110
193.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag
-110
6
-110
192.5
Sportsbook.ag
-110
6
-110
192.5
5Dimes
-105
5.5
-105
192
GTbets.eu
-110
5.5
-110
192
Top Bet
-110
5.5
-110
193.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
5.5
-110
192
BetDSI
-115
6
-110
191.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
5.5
-114
192
Superbook.ag OFF OFF
BookMaker
-115
6
-110
191.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
-110
5.5
-110
191.5
Station OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Milwaukee Overall Denver
32-27 W/L 20-39
35-24-0 ATS 21-35-3
25-34-0 O/U 23-33-3
97.9 Pts For 99.4
96.4 Pts Against 104.2
Milwaukee A/H Denver
15-16 W/L 12-18
21-10-0 ATS 10-18-2
14-17-0 O/U 13-16-1
97.5 Pts For 102.1
97.6 Pts Against 103.8