Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks odds, picks and prediction
The Washington Wizards (30-35) visit Cream City for an 8 p.m. ET game with the Milwaukee Bucks (41-24) at Fiserv Forum Wednesday. Below, we analyze the Wizards-Bucks odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
Washington has won three of its last four games and 11 of the past 13 while going 11-2 against the spread. The Wizards are the 10-seed in the Eastern Conference and have propelled into postseason play-in territory with their recent hot streak.
Milwaukee has won three straight games and four of its past five including back-to-back wins over the first-place Brooklyn Nets Sunday and Tuesday. The Bucks are third in the East and 3 games back of the Nets.
The Bucks won each of the first two meetings with the Wizards this season but each team has covered the spread once.
Wizards at Bucks: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Wizards +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Bucks -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS : Wizards +3.5 (-110) | Bucks -3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under : 243.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Wizards at Bucks: Key injuries
- Nothing affecting the betting odds.
Special NBA Betting Promotion!
Place a $1 bet on either team's money line, WIN an additional $100 (in free bets) if either team hits a 3-pointer during the game today. Promotion available in CO, IN, MI, NJ, TN, VA and WV. IA and PA residents, don't miss BetMGM 's risk-free, first-bet offer!
Place your legal, online sports bets at BetMGM! Terms and conditions apply. Bet now!
Wizards at Bucks: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Wizards 122, Bucks 117
Money line (ML)
PASS with a slight "lean" to the Wizards (+135) because I "like" Washington plus the points but the Bucks are starting to play their best ball of the season down the stretch, hence two straight wins over the Nets.
Against the spread (ATS)
BET the WIZARDS +3.5 (-110) for 1 unit.
Both the Bucks and the Wizards have a sub-.500 record against teams in the top 10 of net efficiency. Milwaukee has slightly better net efficiency, but Washington has performed better against expectations.
According to CleaningTheGlass.com, the Wizards have the fifth-best spread differential against teams in the top-10 of net efficiency and the Bucks have the third-worst spread differential.
Also, the "reverse line movement" of this game is insane. According to Pregame.com, this game opened with Milwaukee laying 7 points and more money has been wagered on the Bucks to cover yet the line has been steamed down to Wizards +3.5 (-110).
How does that even make sense? Not to go all conspiracy theory but the only explanation for this line movement is bookmakers want more pro-Bucks money. Typically, sports bettors don't want to play into the House's hands.
PASS with a "lean" to the Under 243.5 (-105) based on the simple logic this total is too high and the market is barreling into the Over.
What keeps my money in the wallet is the past seven Wizards-Bucks games have gone Over the total and both teams play at a top-3 pace.
Additional NBA sports coverage:
Gannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services. Newsrooms are independent of this relationship and there is no influence on news coverage. This information is for entertainment purposes only. We make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of any content.