Bucks vs Trail Blazers prediction and injury report for their NBA game on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024. The Trail Blazers are underdogs at +9.5 (bet365).
In upcoming NBA action, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Portland Trail Blazers will face one another on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 (10:10 PM ET/7:10 PM PT). The Trail Blazers, who are now 8-13 at home on the season, are underdogs in the game at +9.5 (bet365). They have shown just a little bit of life lately, at least relative to the earlier points in the season. My Bucks vs Trail Blazers prediction is that the latter team will win, at least with the help of their +9.5 handicap.
NBA Matchup: Bucks vs Trail Blazers
Away: Milwaukee Bucks
Home: Portland Trail Blazers
Game time: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 @ 10:10 PM ET
Bucks vs Trail Blazers odds (home team's spread): +9.5 (bet365)
Milwaukee vs Portland Prediction: Latest NBA News
The Milwaukee Bucks are 32-15 on the season. However, they have not been at their top game over the last five weeks. The chart below shows that their winning rate has dipped a bit during this time.
In the team's last game, they lost a road game to the Denver Nuggets 113-107. The result was Milwaukee's second loss in three games. The Bucks are a team with a recent coaching change. It will be interesting to see what kind of winning percentage they settle into under the new leadership.
Milwaukee Bucks: Recent Form Alert
Formerly: 22 - 7 heading into December 25th, 2023
Currently: 32 - 15 (overall)
Recent form: 10 - 8 since December 25th, 2023
Recent winning rate: .556
Milwaukee Bucks injuries: recent news
The Milwaukee team injury news is good heading into their game on the road against Portland. They do not have any injuries noted in their depth chart with ESPN. Milwaukee should be hot to handle in this game but let's also take a look at the Portland side of things.
Double-check for playing status updates with Milwaukee (22:17 ET time of writing):: Team's Depth Chart
Portland Trail Blazers injuries: recent news
The Portland Trail Blazers last played on Monday. This was a game where they delivered a surprising result, beating Philadelphia 130-104. Neither Joel Embiid nor Tyrese Maxey played in the game, which helps explain why Portland posted such a big spread. However, the 26-point spread was the largest margin of victory for the Trail Blazers in any win this season.
Portland does not have a bad injury situation heading into Wednesday. Shaedon Sharpe will miss the game but he has not played since January 11th.
Double-check status updates Portland (22:17 ET time of writing):: Team's Depth Chart
Bucks vs Trail Blazers Prediction: Betting Tips
Bettors will have to take the points on the Trail Blazers in this game. That's not due to the Milwaukee side of things but more due to what we've seen out of Portland lately.
A handicap of +9.5 would have done the trick in five games running, including on the road against the OKC Thunder. Following their best result of the season by spread size, bettors should assume that we're in for a stronger version of Portland than what we've seen at earlier points in the campaign. That doesn't mean that you can expect miracles but +9.5 at home against a Milwaukee team that hasn't been all good news in recent weeks is the right bet at -110 (bet365).
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