The Milwaukee Bucks might not be the worst team in NBA history. But they’re certainly going to enter in the Hall of Infamy. And with an injury list that still envelops half their roster, they figure to be the league’s whipping boys over the second half of the season.
The Bucks finished with just seven fit players during Wednesday’s defeat in Denver and it will be a gametime call whether they’ll have any reinforcements for Saturday’s home clash with the Houston Rockets.
Either way, it promises to be a taxing night for the hosts who are just 5-18 on their own court and a pitiful 1-17 against Western Conference foes. And Milwaukee – who are 6.25 for the win - is also a disaster waiting to happen in defending the three-point line, something which should play right into Houston’s hands.
The Rockets, averaging 105.4 points per game, defeated the Bucks 114-104 last month and while Larry Sanders might limit Dwight Howard’s productivity, there should be little to halt either James Harden or Terrence Jones.
With Milwaukee scoring at least 100 in four of their last five, have a look at going above the total points line. But Houston, despite their average 12-10 road record, are worth a punt on the handicap of -15.5 at 3.10.
There’s a huge mismatch in the making in Salt Lake City when the struggling Utah Jazz host the Miami Heat.
Utah has lost four straight after a mini-revival last month and their last three reverses have come by an average of 17.3 points, while scoring just 84.3.
Miami, whose offensive average has risen to 104.3 per game, have ground out three wins in a row and are 8-2 over their last ten games. And with the swagger back in the step of the champions, back them on the handicap to extend their streak.
Best bet: Take Houston on the handicap of -15.5 against Milwaukee at 3.10