Thursday, August 11 2022

Through 3 Quarters

The Milwaukee Bucks were expected to win this one, and they are just one quarter away from fulfilling that expectation. After three quarters it’s looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Washington Wizards as Milwaukee lead 92-66.

Point guard Jrue Holiday (19 points) has been the top scorer for the Bucks. One thing to keep an eye out for is Serge Ibaka’s foul situation as he currently sits at four.

Washington hasn’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to 12 points or fewer.

The Wizards have lost 83% of their games in which they were down going into the fourth quarter. Barring a miraculous turnaround, this contest will end the same way.

Who’s Playing

Washington @ Milwaukee

Current Records: Washington 30-41; Milwaukee 45-27

What to Know

The Washington Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Fiserv Forum after having had a few days off. Milwaukee will be strutting in after a win while the Wizards will be stumbling in from a loss.

The game between Washington and the Houston Rockets on Monday was not particularly close, with Washington falling 115-97. Washington was up 39-26 at the end of the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Washington’s defeat came about despite a quality game from power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who dropped a double-double on 22 points and 13 boards in addition to five blocks.

Meanwhile, you can’t lose the matchup if you win every quarter, and that was precisely Milwaukee’s strategy against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. The Bucks put the hurt on Chicago with a sharp 126-98 victory. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Milwaukee had established a 91-69 advantage. The top scorers for Milwaukee were point guard Jrue Holiday (27 points) and power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (25 points). That makes it three consecutive games in which Giannis Antetokounmpo has had at least ten rebounds.

Washington is expected to lose this next one by 8.5. The smart bettors have been the ones to keep their money on Washington’s opponents whenever they hit the road.

Washington’s loss took them down to 30-41 while Milwaukee’s victory pulled them up to 45-27. On Tuesday Milwaukee relied heavily on Jrue Holiday, who had 27 points and seven assists. It will be up to Washington’s defense to limit his damage.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $163.20

Odds

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

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Bucks as a 12-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Milwaukee have won 13 out of their last 23 games against Washington.

  • Feb 01, 2022 – Milwaukee 112 vs. Washington 98
  • Nov 07, 2021 – Washington 101 vs. Milwaukee 94
  • May 05, 2021 – Milwaukee 135 vs. Washington 134
  • Mar 15, 2021 – Milwaukee 133 vs. Washington 122
  • Mar 13, 2021 – Milwaukee 125 vs. Washington 119
  • Aug 11, 2020 – Milwaukee 126 vs. Washington 113
  • Feb 24, 2020 – Milwaukee 137 vs. Washington 134
  • Jan 28, 2020 – Milwaukee 151 vs. Washington 131
  • Feb 06, 2019 – Milwaukee 148 vs. Washington 129
  • Feb 02, 2019 – Milwaukee 131 vs. Washington 115
  • Jan 11, 2019 – Washington 113 vs. Milwaukee 106
  • Feb 27, 2018 – Washington 107 vs. Milwaukee 104
  • Jan 15, 2018 – Milwaukee 104 vs. Washington 95
  • Jan 06, 2018 – Milwaukee 110 vs. Washington 103
  • Nov 20, 2017 – Washington 99 vs. Milwaukee 88
  • Jan 08, 2017 – Washington 107 vs. Milwaukee 101
  • Dec 26, 2016 – Washington 107 vs. Milwaukee 102
  • Dec 23, 2016 – Milwaukee 123 vs. Washington 96
  • Dec 10, 2016 – Washington 110 vs. Milwaukee 105
  • Feb 11, 2016 – Milwaukee 99 vs. Washington 92
  • Jan 13, 2016 – Washington 106 vs. Milwaukee 101
  • Nov 17, 2015 – Washington 115 vs. Milwaukee 86
  • Oct 30, 2015 – Washington 118 vs. Milwaukee 113

Injury Report for Milwaukee

  • Khris Middleton: Out (Wrist)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: Out (Knee)
  • DeAndre’ Bembry: Out for the Season (Knee)

Injury Report for Washington

  • Vernon Carey Jr.: Game-Time Decision (Hip)
  • Kyle Kuzma: Out (Knee)
  • Bradley Beal: Out for the Season (Wrist)

Source: CBSSports.com

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