The 10th-place Memphis Grizzlies will look to win their third straight as they host the third-place Milwaukee Bucks tonight at FedExForum. Memphis, while sitting relatively low in the western conference, are coming off big back-to-back wins against the Rockets and the Wizards. Prior to that, they split results against the Clippers, knocking them off 122-94 in their first meeting while dropping the second game by a score of 99-119. The Bucks will look to bounce back after taking a 97-128 beating from the Denver Nuggets a couple nights ago. With the league’s second-best offense averaging 119 points per game, they’ll look to dominate tonight in their last game before the All-Star break.
Pick ATS: Bucks -6
For the Bucks to cover this spread, they’ll need to rely heavily, once again, on Giannis Antetokounmpo who’s averaged 35.2 points over their last five games — just over six points higher than his overall season average of 29.1. His 27-point performance against the Nuggets was his first game scoring under 36 since February 19, which is a hugely impressive stat. He’s been absolutely monstrous for the Bucks and was instrumental in their five-game winning streak that just came to an end against Denver.
While the Grizzlies have looked decent on paper especially over their last couple games, the Bucks have averaged a higher total points per game throughout their last five outings, with a 119.6 PPG average compared to the Grizzlies’ 114.2 PPG. It looks to be a full-strength Milwaukee team tonight while Memphis will be without Grayson Allen (concussion protocol) and Jaren Jackson Jr (knee).
Player Prop: Giannis Antetokounmpo O12.5 rebounds (+100)
Through his last five games, Giannis has averaged 11.6 rebounds per game and has grabbed over 12 twice in that stretch. That includes an 18-rebound game against the Kings and another 14 against the Clippers. The Grizzlies are 13th in the league for rebounds allowed, so Giannis could have a heyday underneath the rim while he goes big on both ends of the court.
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