Portland Trail Blazers at Milwaukee Bucks odds, picks and predictions

The Portland Trail Blazers (23-34) visit Fiserv Forum Monday to take on the Milwaukee Bucks (35-22). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Trail Blazers vs. Bucks odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

The Bucks haven’t played since Thursday, failing to cover as 3-point underdogs on the road in Phoenix. Milwaukee lost by 24 (131-107), snapping a four-game win streak.

The Bucks are 26-31 against the spread (ATS) and 5-5 over their last 10. They rank 6th in points per game and 15th in opponents’ points per game.

As for the Trail Blazers, they traded away 3 starters (SF Norman Powell, PF Robert Covington, and SG CJ McCollum) prior to the Feb. 10 deadline.

Since then, they’ve covered both games, winning outright at home against the Knicks and Lakers, respectively as 4.5-point and 9.5-point underdogs. Portland has covered just 3 of its last 10 though.

Trail Blazers at Bucks odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Trail Blazers +850 (bet $100 to win $850) | Bucks -1800 (bet $1800 to win $100)
Against the spread: Trail Blazers +14.5 (-107) | Bucks -14.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 228.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Trail Blazers at Bucks key injuries

Trail Blazers

SG Eric Bledsoe (Achilles) out
PG Damian Lillard (core) out
SF Nassir Little (shoulder) out
PG Dennis Smith Jr. (elbow) out

Bucks

PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) probable
SG Pat Connaughton (finger) out
PG George Hill (neck) out

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Trail Blazers at Bucks odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Bucks 119, Trail Blazers 105

Money line

PASS.

Milwaukee (-1800) is far too expensive to consider in this spot. Also, the Bucks have been playing well enough to not warrant any type of wager on the Blazers at +850.

Against the spread

LEAN to the TRAIL BLAZERS +14.5 (-107).

While many players are out, the Blazers have a group that plays hard, led by SG Josh Hart and SG Anfernee Simons, two players that combined for 53 against the Knicks Saturday.

Milwaukee destroyed Portland by 29 (137-108) Feb. 5, but having inserted 3 new starters, this is a different Blazers team. The Bucks are tied with the 76ers as the fourth-worst covering team at home, just 11-17 ATS.

With a backdoor cover entirely possible as well, the Blazers, who rank 14th in turnover rate and 3rd in defensive-rebounding rate, should be able to limit their mistakes and keep this game within 16.

Over/Under

BET UNDER 228.5 (-110).

As noted, the Blazers are in the top half of the league in turnovers and don’t allow many offensive boards. They also rank 18th in pace and are just 26-30-1 O/U this season.

The Bucks have more consistently hit the Under as well, just 27-30 O/U. At home, they’re just 12-16 O/U.

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Author: Naomi Berry