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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks

March 24, 2024

Two teams that are in the top 2 in their respective conference will square off against each other when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the game tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday evening and will air on Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports Wisconsin, and NBA TV.

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder currently have the best record in the Western Conference with an overall record of 49-20 and have been surging this month as they have only lost two games in March while compiling a record of 8-2 and have won their last four games in a row. 

The offensive efficiency for the Thunder has been key for their momentum entering this matchup as they have averaged 117.8 points per game this month and have been equally impressive defensively as they have limited their opponents to an average of 110.1 points per game. Offensive efficiency isn’t anything new this season for the Thunder as they lead the NBA in 3-point percentage with an average of 39.21% and have been the 3rd highest-scoring team in the league with an average of 120.71 points per game. 

The Thunder have also improved their defensive play over the last month as they have gone from allowing an average of 113 points per game this season to allowing an average of 110.1 points per game in March. This will be the first time and only time this season that the Oklahoma City Thunder will face each other with their last meeting coming in November of the 2022-23 NBA Season and resulting in a 132-136 loss for the Thunder which also extended their losing streak against the Bucks to five games. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to end their five-game losing streak in the series when they travel to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks Team Preview

Like the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Milwaukee Bucks also have one of the best records in their conference as they have the 2nd best record in the conference at 45-25, however, the Bucks trail the Boston Celtics by 11.5 games for 1st place in the conference and face an uphill battle to get the top-seed in the Eastern Conference before the 2024 NBA Playoffs start as with a loss by the Bucks or a win by the Celtics secures the top-seed in the Eastern Conference for Boston. 

Milwaukee has been one of the most offensively efficient teams in the league this season as they enter this game averaging the 4th most points per game with an average of 120.6 points per game and are averaging 114.4 points per game in March. 

Milwaukee has won five straight games in the series against Oklahoma City and will look to extend their winning streak in the series to six games when they host the Thunder on Sunday evening.

Odds and Series Trends

WagerWeb has the Milwaukee Bucks listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday evening. Milwaukee has dominated the series against Oklahoma City over the previous five meetings with the Bucks winning the five contests and have won by an average margin of 13 points per game.

Game Pick

Milwaukee has won five straight games in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder while winning by an average margin of 13 points per game in those contests. However, Oklahoma City enters this meeting red hot in March with the Thunder having compiled a record of 8-2 while the Bucks are 6-4. 

The Thunder, while hot in the win column, have struggled to cover the spread in their last five games with a record of 1-4 in their previous five games this season while the Bucks have covered the spread in 3-2 in their last five matchups. I look for those trends to continue on Sunday evening. As a result, I am laying the points with the Milwaukee Bucks when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Spooky Express Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -3