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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

November 17, 2023

The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Friday evening with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.

Since Damian Lillard’s return on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks have gone on a two-game winning streak with a win at home against the Chicago Bulls by a score of 118-109 and on the road against the Toronto Raptors by a score of 128-112 while covering the 1-point spread as a road favorite. Lillard led the team in points and assists in the game on the road against the Raptors with 37 points and 13 assists and has had 49 points and 25 assists in the last two games this season. The Bucks have improved their record to 7-4 following the win against the Raptors on Wednesday which gives them the 5th best record in the Eastern Conference and puts them in a tie with the Indiana Pacers for 1st place in the Central Division.

The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA this season as they enter this game averaging 115 points per game which ranks 9th in the NBA, however, they also have one of the worst scoring defenses in the league as they are allowing an average of 121.9 points per game which is the 4th most points allowed per game in the league. Charlotte enters this game with a record of 3-7 and is on a two-game losing streak following a 105-111 loss at home against the Miami Heat while covering the 6.5-point spread as a home underdog. Things won’t get any easier for the Hornets as they will be facing one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the 6th most points per game this season in the league with an average of 117 points per game.

BookMaker has the Milwaukee Bucks listed as 7.5-point favorites on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday evening. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten meetings while Milwaukee has won two of the last three contests. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-8-1 ATS overall, 1-4 ATS on the road, and 2-8-1 ATS as a favorite this season while the Charlotte Hornets are 5-5 ATS overall, 2-3 ATS at home, and 5-3 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Milwaukee is the better team this season and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three meetings. However, the Hornets have been the better team in the series at covering the spread as they are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three contests. The Bucks have been one of the worst teams at covering the spread this season as they are 2-8-1 ATS overall and 1-4 ATS on the road which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the points with the Charlotte Hornets when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Charlotte Hornets +8