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PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Bucks -1.5 @ -110

Milwaukee Bucks @ Indiana Pacers, 7:30 PM:

  • Since the 2016-17 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks have a 9-5 against the spread record in night games against the Indiana Pacers. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks enter this matchup on a five-game winning streak.

On Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, the Bucks were without reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it didn’t matter.

Khris Middleton picked up the slack as he finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Eric Bledsoe added 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 123-111 win.

The Bucks are 5-0 this season without Antetokounmpo, who averages 30.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

Back on Nov. 16, he finished with 26 points in a 102-83 road win over the Pacers. Then on Dec. 22, he had 18 points and 19 boards in a 117-89 win over Indiana.

Look for Milwaukee to continue its winning ways over the Pacers in this one.

Take the Bucks minus the 1.5 points.

(1u) Raptors -2.5 @ -110

Toronto Raptors @ Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 PM:

  • The Toronto Raptors have a 7-2 against the spread record against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center since the 2015-16 NBA season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Raptors

The Toronto Raptors enter this matchup with the Brooklyn Nets as the NBA’s hottest team.

The Raptors, who are on a 15-game winning streak, came away with a victory over the Nets on Saturday.

In that game, Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 29 points to go with six assists and All-Star Pascal Siakam added 20 points, seven boards and four assists as the Raptors won 119-118 in Toronto.

Caris LeVert led the Nets with 37 points, four assists and three rebounds.

The Raptors have a 40-14 record, which is by far the best start through 54 games in franchise history.

Toronto’s winning streak is the second highest in the entire NBA, only to Milwaukee’s 18-game unbeaten run back in November and December.

Look for the Raptors to continue their winning ways in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Take Toronto minus the 2.5 points in this one.

(1u) Nuggets +1 @ -110

Los Angeles Lakers @ Denver Nuggets, 10:00 PM:

  • Since the 2012-13 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have a 9-18 against the spread record against the Denver Nuggets. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets will put a four-game winning streak to the test when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

On Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Jamal Murray finished with a team-high 26 points, 14 of which that came in the fourth quarter, to go with six assists and two boards and Nikola Jokic added 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in a 127-120 win.

This will be the third matchup between these two teams this season.

Back on Dec. 22, the Nuggets came away with a 128-104 win at the Staples Center but earlier in the month on Dec. 3, Los Angeles rolled to a 105-96 win at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The Nuggets have one of the best homecourt advantages in all of basketball as they have a 21-6 record.

Look for the Nuggets, who are getting 1 point in this matchup, to step up to the challenge and I believe they will come out alive with the home win over LeBron James and the Lakers.

Roll with Denver here.

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