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Milwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets odds, picks and prediction

Apr 9, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (9) reaches for the ball controlled by Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets (30-30) host the Milwaukee Bucks (37-23) Tuesday at Spectrum Center for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we analyze the Bucks-Hornets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

Milwaukee lost three of its past five games with the latest being a 111-104 loss at the Atlanta Hawks Sunday. The Hawks were without star PG Trae Young.

The Bucks’ only two wins over this stretch were at home against a second-place Philadelphia 76ers missing at least one of its dynamic duo in each meeting.

Charlotte has won back-to-back games and three of its past five contests while going 3-2 against the spread, including a 125-104 beatdown of the Boston Celtics Sunday.

The Hornets are battling injuries but sit at eighth in the Eastern Conference. They’re 1.5 games behind the sixth-seeded Celtics and 4.5 games ahead of the 11-seed Chicago Bulls (seeds 7-10 participate in the play-ins).

Oddly enough, this is a “double-revenge” spot for Milwaukee. The Bucks lost each of the two meetings earlier this season and the Hornets have covered the spread in four straight games against the Bucks.

Bucks at Hornets: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Bucks -400 (bet $400 to win $100) | Hornets +310 (bet $100 to win $310)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Bucks -9 (-110) | Hornets +9 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 223.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Bucks at Hornets: Key injuries

Bucks

  • PF P.J. Tucker (ankle) questionable

Hornets

  • SG Malik Monk (ankle) out
  • PG LaMelo Ball (wrist) out
  • SF Gordon Hayward (foot) out

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Bucks at Hornets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Bucks 124, Hornets 103

Money line (ML)

PASS since Milwaukee should win this one fairly easily.

The Bucks’ loss to the Hawks Sunday was their letdown spot so they should be motivated to bounce back.

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Against the spread (ATS)

“LEAN” to the BUCKS -9 (-110) for a half unit because presumably, they’ll try to avoid a regular-season sweep by the Hornets and the last Bucks-Hornets outcome on April 9 was misleading.

Sure, Charlotte won and covered, but the Hornets were 3-point favorites because the Bucks were without all of their starters.

The Hornets hit 40 3-pointers against the Bucks over their first two meetings; however, Charlotte is 21st in 3-point shooting this month and its injury woes will make the Hornets far easier for a fully loaded Bucks team to guard.

Over/Under (O/U)

Slight “LEAN” to the OVER 223.5 (-110) for a quarter unit because we’ll most likely be relying on Milwaukee to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load and we are getting to the party a little late.

For instance, Milwaukee is scoring the second-most points per game over their last eight outings and Charlotte is scoring the fewest points per game in that span.

According to Pregame.com, more than 90% of the money is on the Over and, despite agreeing with the market’s read on Bucks-Hornets, we are getting the worst of the number.

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