Thursday, January 27 2022

Through 3 Quarters

We’ve seen some fireworks three quarters in as the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets have combined for 192 points. Milwaukee currently holds a 97-95 lead.

The Bucks have been riding high on the performance of power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has 26 points and seven assists along with nine rebounds. A double-double would be Antetokounmpo’s third in a row.

Charlotte has been led by point guard LaMelo Ball, who so far has 20 points and eight assists in addition to four boards. A double-double would be Ball’s fourth in a row.

Charlotte hasn’t lost 82% of the games in which they were down heading into the final period this year, so a victory here would be refreshing.

Who’s Playing

Charlotte @ Milwaukee

Current Records: Charlotte 13-10; Milwaukee 13-8

What to Know

After two games on the road, the Milwaukee Bucks are heading back home. They will take on the Charlotte Hornets at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday at Fiserv Forum after having had a few days off. Milwaukee should still be riding high after a victory, while Charlotte will be looking to right the ship.

The Bucks had enough points to win and then some against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, taking their contest 118-100. Point guard Jrue Holiday and power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were among the main playmakers for Milwaukee as the former had 23 points and nine assists in addition to seven boards and the latter posted a double-double on 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Meanwhile, the matchup between Charlotte and the Chicago Bulls on Monday was not a total blowout, but with Charlotte falling 133-119 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. The Hornets were down 104-85 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Despite the loss, they got a solid performance out of shooting guard Terry Rozier, who shot 6-for-7 from downtown and finished with 31 points.

The Bucks are the favorite in this one, with an expected 8.5-point margin of victory. They are currently four-for-four against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

Milwaukee’s win brought them up to 13-8 while Charlotte’s defeat pulled them down to 13-10. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: Milwaukee have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.10%, which places them third in the league. Less enviably, Charlotte is worst in the league in points allowed per game, with 114.9 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against the Hornets.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV: Bally Sports SE Charlotte
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $19.00


The Bucks are a big 8.5-point favorite against the Hornets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as an 8.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Milwaukee have won 12 out of their last 21 games against Charlotte.

  • Apr 27, 2021 – Milwaukee 114 vs. Charlotte 104
  • Apr 09, 2021 – Charlotte 127 vs. Milwaukee 119
  • Jan 30, 2021 – Charlotte 126 vs. Milwaukee 114
  • Mar 01, 2020 – Milwaukee 93 vs. Charlotte 85
  • Jan 24, 2020 – Milwaukee 116 vs. Charlotte 103
  • Nov 30, 2019 – Milwaukee 137 vs. Charlotte 96
  • Mar 09, 2019 – Milwaukee 131 vs. Charlotte 114
  • Jan 25, 2019 – Milwaukee 108 vs. Charlotte 99
  • Nov 26, 2018 – Charlotte 110 vs. Milwaukee 107
  • Oct 17, 2018 – Milwaukee 113 vs. Charlotte 112
  • Dec 23, 2017 – Charlotte 111 vs. Milwaukee 106
  • Dec 22, 2017 – Milwaukee 109 vs. Charlotte 104
  • Nov 01, 2017 – Charlotte 126 vs. Milwaukee 121
  • Oct 23, 2017 – Milwaukee 103 vs. Charlotte 94
  • Apr 10, 2017 – Milwaukee 89 vs. Charlotte 79
  • Mar 28, 2017 – Milwaukee 118 vs. Charlotte 108
  • Oct 26, 2016 – Charlotte 107 vs. Milwaukee 96
  • Mar 26, 2016 – Charlotte 115 vs. Milwaukee 91
  • Feb 19, 2016 – Charlotte 98 vs. Milwaukee 95
  • Jan 16, 2016 – Milwaukee 105 vs. Charlotte 92
  • Nov 29, 2015 – Charlotte 87 vs. Milwaukee 82



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