The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks are playing for seeding in the NBA playoffs at this point, and they’ll take the floor in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Nets have the second best record in the Eastern Conference at 43-22, a game behind the Philadelphia 76ers, while the Bucks are 40-24 and 2.5 games below Brooklyn. The top three teams in the East have all clinched playoff spots.
Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis missed the previous game with an illness, but he is probable to be back on the floor, while Jeff Teague is out with an abdominal strain he suffered in the previous game. Additionally, reserve shooting guard Axel Toupane is questionable with an injured oblique. The Nets do not have any new injuries with James Harden, Chris Chiozza, Nicolas Claxton and Spencer Dinwiddie all still out.
Pick ATS: Nets +1.5
The Bucks and Nets played each other on Sunday in Milwaukee with the home team coming out on top 117-114. Losing this game would not be the most important thing in the world for the Nets, but they don’t want to be swept in this two-game series against a team they might face in the playoffs. With the loss on Sunday, Brooklyn should have the motivation edge to cover this short spread on Tuesday night.
Player Prop: Kevin Durant O30.5 points (-113)
Kevin Durant shot the ball a ton in the Nets’ loss on Sunday and finished with 42 points on 16 of 33 shooting from the floor including 7 of 13 from the three-point line. He may not get to that high of a point total, but he will shoot it enough to crack the total given by the oddsmakers. Durant averages 28.1 points per game and is going up against a Bucks team that plays fast, averaging the fifth most possessions per game. Another big night for Durant is coming.
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