Bucks @ Rockets: Milwaukee heads into Houston for epic matchup
Bucks @ Rockets NBA odds spreads and predictions
Both the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets are on absolute rolls right now.
First, the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are winners of six of their last seven games, including their latest win on Monday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks to lead the Bucks to a 114-102 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists, Brook Lopez contributed 15 points and eight rebounds, and Khris Middleton chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Bucks.
When is it? Wednesday January 9th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Toyota Center
Which channel is it on? ESPN
The Rockets, on the other hand, have won seven of their last eight games, with their latest also coming on Monday night.
James Harden finished with 32 points, 14 assists, and five rebounds for the Rockets in a 125-113 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Clint Capela added 31 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals, PJ Tucker contributed 21 points and four steals, and Gerald Green had 21 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Rockets.
This matchup between the Bucks and Rockets sets up for an epic early January matchup.
Bucks @ Rockets Spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are giving the Rockets 1.5 points in this matchup.
I'm going to roll with the home team in this basketball game.
Nearly 60 percent of the public money is currently on the Bucks. This will be a nationally televised game on ESPN, which means I'm heading in the opposite direction.
I love Harden to come up big at home against the sizzling hot Bucks.
Take the Rockets and 1.5 points in this one.
Bucks @ Rockets Over/Under
The over/under is set at 225.5 total points in this one.
My final score prediction: Houston Rockets 121, Milwaukee Bucks 115.
Take the over in this basketball game.
Where the game will be won or lost
This game between the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks features James Harden of the Rockets and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, two frontrunners in the league MVP race.
Milwaukee is one of three teams to rank in the top 10 in offensive (113.5 points per 100 possessions) and defensive (104.3) efficiency, and the Bucks are the only team in the top five in both categories.
Harden produced more first-half assists (seven) than shot attempts (six) in Houston's win over the Nuggets. That allowed Capela to have a monster game, which consisted of a career-high 31 points, and for Tucker and Green who combined for 42 points, making 13-of-21 three-pointers.
Look for these players to be instrumental in this epic January matchup in Houston.