The Milwaukee Bucks (30-17) will play their third of a six-game road trip when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers (29-18). The Bucks are sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference and are fresh off a 112-97 thumping of the Lakers after losing their previous three straight, putting them at 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Blazers are having themselves a time right now, also going 7-3 in their last 10 but are currently riding a four-game winning streak after downing the Pistons earlier this week.
Bucks vs. Trail Blazers, 10:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Pick ATS: Trail Blazers +3
The Blazers have simply been too good recently not to cover the spread on this one. That four-game winning streak was no small feat especially given that all four were on the road. They’ve won three of their last five at home and with no key players missing due to injury, they should be firing on all cylinders tonight. Damian Lillard is coming off a 33-point, 10-assist performance against the Pistons while CJ McCollum added 24 points and six assists of his own. In their last meeting, the Bucks downed the Blazers 134-106, but Portland was missing both CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic for that game. Since McCollum made his return from injury, the Blazers have gone 7-2, with McCollum ramping up his performance almost every game until he’s been consistently scoring 20+ in his last four. The Bucks, while very good when they’re fully healthy, have been somewhat inconsistent, so Portland should be the safe bet here to cover the spread.
Player Prop: CJ McCollum O4.5 assists (+110)
While McCollum has been putting up bigger offensive numbers recently, his output by way of assists have increased with that as well. He’s averaged six assists per game through his last five games, which would put him well over the 4.5 needed to make this bet happen.
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