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The Bucks head to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Monday night. Handicapper Matt McCuen breaks down the game and gives his pick here.
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Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Will Giannis and the Defending Champs Bounce Back?

Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: Monday, January 10 - 7:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: NBA TV

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Hornets vs. Bucks Prediction

We return to the hardwood tonight for a battle between the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks enter this game tonight as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference playing to an overall record of 26-16 on the season. The Hornets, on the flip side of things, represent a record of 21-19 playing a couple of games over the .500 mark.

The Bucks are coming off a season they will never forget defeating the Phoenix Suns in the NBA finals. Giannis silenced any critics with an outstanding MVP performance last season and has been great again this year, leading the team averaging 28.5 points per game. The role players for the Bucks were a huge reason why they had so much success a year ago. They have been great again this season, but it has been difficult to get all their plays together at once like many NBA teams this year. Despite the struggles to stay healthy, the Bucks have to be very happy with where they are currently at in early January.

The Hornets have had to deal with those same issues covid and injuries have slowed them down at times this year, forcing them to go into some droughts as a team. The Hornets will look to get three games over .500 tonight with a home win over this Bucks team. These teams just matched up a few nights ago in Charlotte in a game the Hornets controlled and won 114-106. Giannis was outstanding in this match, up dropping 43 points to lead the way, but it was not enough to win the game. Terry Rozier led the way for the Hornets, dropping a team-high 28 points. The Bucks will have revenge on their minds tonight and enter this game as a short two-point road favorite.

In this game tonight, the play I am turning to will be the Milluwake Bucks on the short money line. I love this play tonight for a couple of reasons. The first is the fact these teams just played, and the Hornets won. This is the perfect bounceback spot for the Bucks, a team that has been great to back coming off a loss. The Bucks are simply the better basketball team in this position tonight, and I think they can run away with this game. This is a perfect spot to fade the Hornets as I think some regression hits them tonight.

The Bucks are finally getting healthy, and this is a scary team when clicking. I believe they still are the team to beat in the eastern conference, and they will prove why tonight. Giannis will step up and have another big game against a Hornets team who struggles to play defense. This is a game the Bucks step it up and take it personally on the defensive end. Jrue Holiday will be the only Buck they are expected to miss tonight, a normal starter. While I think Jrue is a valuable piece to this team, especially on defense, I do not think it warrants this line being so low. The Bucks are deep enough to go out and win this game tonight as a short road favorite.

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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