Daily Picks 10/30: Jazz To Deafen Clippers
The Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) got back on track defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-112. All five of Milwaukee’s starters scored in double figures.
Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was relatively contained, yet still managed to put together a double-double totaling 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding seven assists and two blocks.
All-Star guard Khris Middleton did most of the heavy lifting for Milwaukee, scoring a team-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting including three made three-pointers, adding eight rebounds and two assists.
Guard George Hill came off the bench and was a difference maker, knocking down 7-of-10 from the field for 19 points and eight rebounds.
Brook Lopez scored 16 points while Eric Bledsoe and Wesley Matthews wrapped up the starting rotation with 14 points each.
The Boston Celtics (2-1) defeated the New York Knicks 118-95 and picked up a second straight win behind the efforts of offseason acquisition Kemba Walker.
The All-Star point guard dropped a season-high 32 points while knocking down seven three-pointers, adding five rebounds and four assists.
Forward Jayson Tatum was solid on both ends of the floor totaling 15 points, nine rebounds, four steals and a block. Shooting guard Jaylen Brown shot 6-of-14 from the field for 19 points and four rebounds.
Boston/Milwaukee is a potential Eastern Conference playoff preview and I believe the Bucks carry a significant advantage into the matchup.
Last season, Milwaukee defeated Boston in five games during the East Semis.
The Greek Freak averaged 28.4 ppg during that series and the Bucks won by double digits in three of the four wins.
1u - Milwaukee (-2.5) @ -110
The Los Angeles Clippers (2-1) bounced back after a minor hiccup in Phoenix, defeating the Charlotte Hornets at home 111-96.
Kawhi Leonard was an unstoppable force on both ends of the floor, totaling a team-high 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting, adding seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals.
Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams was sensational off the bench as always scoring 23 points with four assists and four rebounds.
Forward Montrezl Harrell also played big off the bench, contributing 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting.
The Utah Jazz (3-1) won a second consecutive game on two Donovan Mitchell free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining, defeating the Phoenix Suns 96-95.
Mitchell finished with 25 points on 9-of-24 shooting, three assists and two steals.
Big man Rudy Gobert put together a monster double-double, scoring 15 points with 18 rebounds and two steals.
Forward Bojan Bogdanovic knocked down 4-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc and lead the team in scoring with 29 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Clippers’ only loss of the season came on the road in Phoenix.
Although that was a small bump in the road, Los Angeles showed that they’re human.
Meanwhile, three of Utah’s four games this season have been decided by nine points or less. totalling
The Jazz has also yet to allow over 100 points and rank best in the league allowing 90.3 ppg.
1u - Utah (+1.5) @