Wednesday, January 9 at 8:00 PM ET
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Both teams are on a roll, winning four of their last five games and Antetokounmpo and Harden have a lot to do with that.
The Greek Freak vs. The Beard
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been extremely dominant in the paint, shooting 69 percent, including 75.7 percent in the restricted area and he already has 152 dunks and we are not even at the All-Star break.
Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 26.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists and he's shooting 59.4 percent from the field, outpacing James Harden (54.3 percent), although The Beard is more proficient from 3-point range (38.6 percent).
The Greek Freak was the clear MVP frontrunner but James Harden's play in the last 14 games has put him in the conversation, as he's averaging 39.4 points and 9.2 assists while shooting 40.6 percent on 14.4 3-point attempts per game and making 87.2 percent of his 13.4 free-throw attempts in that span. The Rockets are riding on his epic performances, going 12-2 in those 14 games, including a 125-113 home victory against the Nuggets last Monday, when Harden had 32 points and 14 assists, which put an end to his 10-game streak of scoring 35 points or more.
Both superstars have disparate playing styles, Antetokounmpo collects rebounds and dominates the paint while Harden excels in creating for himself and others but they share one particular trait, they go to the free-throw line at a high rate, but Harden capitalizes on this more, making 85.1 percent of his attempts while Antetokounmpo shoots 69.5.
The Milwaukee Bucks are:
2-5 ATS in their last seven games against Southwest Division opponents
5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Wednesday games
1-4 ATS in their last five games against Western Conference opponents
The Houston Rockets are:
10-1 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning straight up record
8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest
7-1 ATS in their last eight games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
7-1 ATS in their last eight games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall
12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games
12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
Antetokounmpo and Harden won't spend much time actually going head-to-head but this promises to be a must-see, close contest and I'm taking a chance on the red-hot Rockets at this price.
NBA Pick: Rockets +100 at Jazz Sports
Check odds here: http://bit.ly/2RMxhhA