Denver Nuggets vs Milwaukee Bucks

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The Denver Nuggets are third in the Northwest Division at 18-15 and 8 ½ games behind first-place Utah. Denver will play its second game in as many nights on Tuesday when visiting the Milwaukee Bucks after playing on the road in the Windy City against the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Denver defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-96 on Saturday. The Nuggets were led by Jamal Murray with 26 points while Nikola Jokic posted yet another triple-double. Jokic scored 19 points, handed out 13 assists and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Nuggets. Denver has alternated between wins and losses in each of its last six games played.

Milwaukee has started to stretch its lead at the top of the Central Division as the Bucks lead both Indiana and Chicago by five games. Milwaukee is 21-13 and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer for Milwaukee with 36 points. Giannis sparked a final run of 9-0 for Milwaukee as the Bucks rallied from four down late to win by five. Milwaukee is only one game behind first-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference and a half-game behind second-place Brooklyn.

Jamal Murray Returning to top Form

Jamal Murray was the leading scorer for Denver in the win over Oklahoma City on Saturday and Murray has averaged 30.1 points per game over the last seven games played. Included in Murray’s recent scoring outburst was a 50-point performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 19th. However, the stats king for Denver is Jokic. The Serb is leading Denver in several statistical categories including scoring (26.7 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg), assists (8.5 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). Denver as a team is averaging 26.4 steals and 12.7 turnovers for an assist to turnover ratio of 2.1.

On the boards, Denver, led by Jokic, is averaging 43.6 rebounds per game with 33.3 on the defensive boards and 10.2 off the offensive glass. The Denver defense averages 8.2 steals and 4.3 blocked shots and Jokic is the leader in both categories with an average of 1.7 steals and 0.6 swats per game. Denver is allowing an average of 111.2 points per game.

Injury Report: JaMychal Green is questionable for Tuesday, while Gary Harris and Paul Millsap are both out indefinitely.

Milwaukee’s Offense is Second Best

The Milwaukee Bucks are scoring an average of 119.6 points per game which is second in the NBA to only Brooklyn. As a team, Milwaukee is shooting 48.8% overall and 39.4% from 3-point territory led by Giannis Antetokounmpo with an average of 29.2 points per game. The Bucks power forward is shooting 55.5% overall and 28.6% from long range. Milwaukee’s only other player averaging more than 20 points per game is Khris Middleton with an average of 20.6 points per game. Giannis is leading Milwaukee in assists with an average of 5.9 per game while Middleton is averaging 5.8 per game. The Bucks are averaging 26.0 assists and 12.9 turnovers per game for a 2.0 assists to turnover ratio.

Giannis is also leading Milwaukee in rebounds with an average of 11.8 per game and the Bucks as a team are averaging 48.3 boards per contest which is number one in the NBA, with 37.8 off the defensive boards and 10.5 off the offensive glass per game. Milwaukee is averaging 8.1 steals and 4.9 blocked shots per contest with Jrue Holiday is the leader in steals with an average of 1.8 per game Antetokounmpo the leader in blocked shots with an average of 1.4 swats for contest.

Injury Report: Jaylen Adams and Jordan Nwora are both out indefinitely for Milwaukee.

The Bottom Line
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Milwaukee has returned to form as the Bucks have won each of their last five games and have stretched their lead atop the Central Division to 5 games over both Chicago and Indiana. The Bucks are second in the NBA in scoring with an average of 119.6 points per game and are shooting 48.9% overall. Denver has struggled on the road as the Nuggets have failed to cover the spread in six of their last eight when away from home and overall Denver has failed to cover the spread in five of its last seven. Denver will also be playing the second half of a back-to-back as the Nuggets will be playing against the Chicago Bulls on Monday at the United Center before heading off to Fiserv Forum to face the Bucks on Tuesday.

Prediction:
Milwaukee Bucks -6.5

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Milwaukee is scoring an average of 119.6 points per game and the total has finished over in 7 of the Bucks last 10. Denver is third in the NBA in the over, as the Nuggets total has finished over in 22 of 33 games for an average of 66.7%. Milwaukee is a close fifth in this stat, as 20 of Milwaukee’s 34 games have seen the total finish over.

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OVER 236