BET ON 1ST QUARTER TOTAL OVER 52.5 (1.70)
Bucks have been on fire in each of the opening halves and quarters this season, and I anticipate that trend to continue after their most recent defeat.
The Blazers without their top scorer are unlikely to pull off the upset, but the Bucks at doesn’t make much sense either.
Without Lillard, the Bucks will be able to use former All-Defensive standout Jrue Holiday to guard the Blazers’ primary option, Anfernee Simons.
The Bucks have been among the NBA’s top teams at home this year, and they have a good 7-2 ATS record at home.
Portland has suffered two straight losses and, without Lillard, should be in shambles while playing Milwaukee, a defensive squad.
Although the Bucks rank only 15th in pace, it possesses long players who should help them in transition. Since the Blazers play slowly and are 27th in pace, this contest should be low-intensity.