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Jazz vs Bucks Prediction, Odds, Props and NBA Betting Preview

A high-profile cross-conference game highlights Friday night’s NBA action, as the Utah Jazz hit the road to take on reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz come into the game looking to snap a two-game skid while the Bucks will be vying to extend their current winning streak to four games. The NBA betting experts and NBA odds for the game are in favor of the home team.

Jazz vs Bucks Game Info

Utah Jazz (4-4, 3-2 Away) at Milwaukee Bucks (5-3, 4-0 Home)
Date: Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
Venue: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
Start Time: 8 p.m. EST
TV: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports Wisconsin, AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain

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Jazz vs Bucks NBA Betting Odds

Odds courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook

Moneyline: UTA: (+165) | MIL: (-190)
Spread: UTA: +5 (-110) | MIL: -5 (-110)
Total: 231 – Over (-110) | Under (-110)

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Jazz vs Bucks NBA Betting Overview

Jazz Outlook

Tonight marks the halfway point of the Jazz’ current seven-game road trip. While Utah was able to throttle the San Antonio Spurs to start the trip off on a positive note, things haven’t gone quite as well since traveling further east. Back-to-back losses to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have put the Jazz in a position of needing to win Friday to avoid falling below the .500-mark. On the season, the Jazz are only allowing 110.2 points per game, but have given up more than that in each of these two most recent defeats. In fact, no team that has scored more than 110 points against the Jazz this season has lost. Despite the elite scoring abilities of Donovan Mitchell, Utah is clearly a defense-driven team.

Jazz Injury Report
  • Out: Juwan Morgan (virus)
  • Questionable: Joe Ingles (Achilles)
  • Probable: Derrick Favors (knee)

Bucks Outlook

After the Bucks dropped two of their first three games to open the season, effectively sending waves of panic through their championship-hopeful fanbase, things have turned around in a big way recently. Milwaukee has kicked it into high gear offensively, starting with a 144-point effort against the Miami Heat on December 29th. In the four games since the Bucks have only fallen short of 120 points once. Naturally, they have won four of those five games. Tonight’s matchup against the stingy Utah defense will be a clash of styles and should be a treat for both the fans and NBA betting enthusiasts alike. Milwaukee’s last game at the Fiserv Forum on Monday saw Giannis Antetokounmpo drop 43 points.

Bucks Injury Report
  • Out: Pat Connaughton (groin)
  • Out: Torrey Craig (nose)
  • Probable: Sam Merrill (ankle)
  • Jazz 2020-21 Betting Trends: 3-5 ATS; 3-5 to the Over
  • Bucks 2020-21 Betting Trends: 4-4 ATS; 6-2 to the Over

Jazz vs Bucks Statistics

  • Utah is averaging 108.5 points per game this season (No. 22 in the NBA)
  • Utah is surrendering 110.2 points per game on the season (No. 14 in the NBA)
  • Milwaukee is averaging 125.2 points per game this season (No. 1 in the NBA)
  • Milwaukee is surrendering 111.6 points per game this season (No. 18 in the NBA)

Jazz vs Bucks Prop Bet

Jazz vs Bucks NBA betting

Royce O’Neale Total Assists: Under 2.5 (-172 at Bovada Sportsbook)

Time to snap this losing streak on our NBA player props! There’s no denying that we have to lay a bit of juice here, but I have to like our chances of hitting the Under on Royce O’Neale’s total assists in tonight’s game. Only once all season has the Jazz forward surpassed the line of 2.5 assists. This came three games ago against San Antonio when he uncharacteristically dished out five dimes. That was Utah’s last win, sure. But the Jazz don’t need a monstrous assist game from O’Neale to snap their losing skid. Bet the Under here as we look to snap our own NBA props skid.

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