Thursday night marks the final NBA games before the All-Star break. Among the nine matchups on tap is an intriguing intra-conference showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams have been playing well in recent days and will look to conclude the first half of the NBA season on a winning note. The NBA betting odds have tabbed the visitors as favorites for this game.
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Bucks vs Grizzlies Game Info
Milwaukee Bucks (21-14, 7-9 Away) at Memphis Grizzlies (16-15, 7-10 Home)
Date: Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021
Start Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: FedExForum — Memphis, TN
Coverage: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Wisconsin, NBA League Pass
Bucks vs Grizzlies NBA Betting Odds
Odds courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook
Moneyline: MIL: (-240) | MEM: (+200)
Spread: MIL: -6 (-110) | MEM: +6 (-110)
Total: 234 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Bucks vs Grizzlies NBA Betting Overview
The Bucks suffered a blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game on Tuesday. This snapped a five-game winning streak that has enabled Milwaukee to keep pace with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets atop the Eastern Conference.
Jrue Holiday has slowly been working his way back into game shape after a lengthy absence due to health and safety protocols. The Bucks are desperately counting on him to emerge as a reliable third scoring option in the second half of the NBA betting season behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Bucks Injury Report
- Out: Jordan Nwora
The Grizzlies enter tonight’s game having won three of their last four. After dealing with endless injuries throughout the first half of the NBA betting season, Memphis is as healthy as they’ve been all year. There’s even some speculation amongst NBA betting analysts as to just how coach Taylor Jenkins will work the rotation going forward given the abundance of young talent on the team.
Star Ja Morant was phenomenal with 35 points in the Grizzlies’ win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Center Jonas Valanciunas continues to hold down the frontcourt in the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr. Valanciunas has notched a double-double in eight of his last ten game, including an 11-point, 16-rebound performance on Tuesday.
Grizzlies Injury Report
- Out: Grayson Allen (concussion), Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee)
Bucks vs Grizzlies NBA Betting Trends
- Bucks 2020-21 Betting Trends: 17-18 ATS; 20-14-1 to the Over
- Grizzlies 2020-21 Betting Trends: 17-14 ATS; 15-16 to the Over
- The Bucks are 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last six games.
- The Grizzlies are 7-3 SU in their last ten home games against the Bucks.
- The total has gone under in each of the Grizzlies’ last five games.
Bucks vs Grizzlies Statistics
- Milwaukee is averaging 119.0 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 2 in the NBA)
- Milwaukee is surrendering 112.6 PPG on the season (No. 20 in the NBA)
- Memphis is averaging 111.6 PPG this season (No. 19 in the NBA)
- Memphis is surrendering 110.7 PPG (No. 8 in the NBA)
Bucks vs Grizzlies Prop Bet
Giannis Antetokounmpo Under 12.5 Rebounds (-130 at Bovada Sportsbook)
On the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.7 rebounds per game. He has notched double-digit boards in eight of the Bucks’ last ten games. However, he has only exceeded tonight’s NBA betting props line of 12.5 in five of those contests. Only one of those came in Milwaukee’s four most recent games. Antetokounmpo only collected 8 rebounds in the Bucks’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
In addition, the Grizzlies represent a tough matchup when it comes to piling up rebounding statistics. Led by Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis is averaging 52.3 boards per game as a team, tied for 12th most in the NBA. I like Antetokounmpo to come up short of 12.5 rebounds in tonight’s game.