Update: Antetokounmpo was upgraded to probable earlier in the day and he’s now available to play. The Bucks have now become 8.5-point favorites and the total is 238.5. I like Milwaukee to cover at the new number, and the over to hit with Antetokounmpo playing.
The Orlando Magic (16-10) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks (20-7) Thursday evening. The Bucks have won five in a row after a bit of an uneven stretch in late November and early December. These teams met earlier this season with the Magic winning 112-97, but Damian Lillard did not play in that game for Milwaukee.
Jalen Suggs and Joe Ingles are questionable for Orlando, while Markelle Fultz is out. Wendell Carter Jr. is back in the lineup after missing the early part of the season with a fractured hand. Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable for the Bucks with a foot sprain.
The Bucks are 7-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 236. Milwaukee is -278 on the moneyline while Orlando is +225.
Magic vs. Bucks, 8 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Bucks -7
Orlando has been one of the best teams against the spread this season with a 17-9 mark, while Milwaukee is 12-14-1. However, the Bucks are 15-2 straight up at home and the Magic are 5-7 on the road. Antetokounmpo being listed as questionable does create some concern, and it might be best to wait until his status gets cleared up before making a wager. If he suits up, the Bucks should exact some revenge for a loss earlier this season and extend their winning streak to six games. If he doesn’t play, the Bucks likely still get the job done at home but Orlando will keep it close. For now, I’ll say Antetokounmpo plays and leads Milwaukee to a big win.
Over/Under: Over 236
Even though the first game went well under this total, I like the over tonight. The Bucks are one of the best offensive teams in the league and are 19-8 to the over this season. They are 12-4 on overs at home. The Magic have gone over their totals in two of the last three and seven of the last 10, so they’re finding their rhythm offensively of late. Orlando will have no choice but to keep pace with Milwaukee’s high-flying offense, which should lead to the over cashing.