NBA: Milwaukee Bucks VS Charlotte Hornets Pick and Predictions 12/03/2022

by James Q

NBA:  Milwaukee Bucks VS Charlotte Hornets Pick and Predictions 12/03/2022

Game: 6:10 PM ET,  Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

Season Record:

Bucks: 15-5, 2nd place Eastern Conference
Hornets: 6-15, 13th pace Eastern Conference

Opening NBA odds at USA Sportsbooks

BetMGM:  Point Spread: Bucks -5.5, O/U 224.5
PointsBet: Point Spread: Bucks -6, O/U 224
Fanduel: Point Spread: Bucks -6, O/U 224

Starting Five:

Bucks: SF Grayson Allen, PF Giannis Antetokoumnpo, C Brook Lopez, SG Jevon Carter, PG Jrue Holiday
Hornets: SF Jalen McDaniels, PF PJ Washington, C Mason Plumlee, PG Theo Maledon, SG Kelly Oubre JR.

An Eastern Conference matchup between two very disparate teams. Not desperate but disparate.  They are different.  The Milwaukee Bucks won a Championship with their star PF Giannis Antetokoumnpo… The Charlotte Hornets have never won a Championship and have no two stars that would equal Giannis.  The Milwaukee Bucks have been missing SF Khris Middelton.. A quality starter that may eventually make the difference between contender and champion.  The Charlotte Hornets are missing their two best players (three best, but more on that later) in PG Lonzo Ball (ankle Out indefinitely) and SF Gordon Hayward ( shoulder, Out indefinitely)... and have no chance of replacing them with the roster as is… so they have fallen to the bottom of the standings…. Add to that that the Charlotte Hornets also lost their best scorer in PF Michael Bridges… to domestic violence and a possible prison sentence (told you)... So as is the best case for the Hornets would be to let the injured players sit out all season… and let trade a few of the quality leftovers on top of that… And finally win the NBA draft lottery.  The Hornets have nothing other than Complete Disappointment as an alternative.

The Milwaukee Bucks are on a 3-game winning streak.  They won their last game against the New York Knicks 109-103. In that win PF Giannis Antetokoumnpo lodged 37 points and 13 rebounds with 7 assists.  Giannis is so good the rest of the team needs no mention.  So I won’t.  We already know that Jrue Holiday is important and Khris Middleton is important… but any 12 p[layers around Giannis would be important to simply support Giannis and everything he does as the best player in the league. 

The Charlotte Hornets lost their last game to the Boston Celtics.  That is not a shameful thing as everyone is losing to the Celtics… Shameful is knowing the Hornets lost 7 of their last 10 games… That is shameful.  They had no help on the roster as the few good players the Hornets have are either gone to prison or on the training table. If this team had known that Bridges would have flamed out his career there is no way they would have traded PF/C Jalen Duran on draft night.  They desperately need that guy now and they desperately need him for the future.  The only play now is to keep losing and get the #1 pick in the next draft… so stay away Ball and Hayward… unless we need to trade you.

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Milwaukee Bucks VS Charlotte Hornets Preview and Analysis

Offensive Analysis

The Bucks are 16th in scoring with 112.3 per game, 1st in rebounds with 48.8 per game, 19th in AST/TO ratio with 1.7, and 3rd in blocked shots with 6.3 per game.

The Hornets are 26th in scoring with 109,2 points per game, 6th in rebounds with 45.5 per game, 20th in AST/TO ratio with 1.6, and 14th in blocked shots with 5.0 per game.

Milwaukee Bucks VS Charlotte Hornets Prediction

Our prediction for Saturday, November 3rd is….  Bucks 129 - Hornets 102

Bucks Blowout!  Bet on the Bucks.  The Hornets have nothing in the way of scoring or in the way of defense and will watch as Giannis shoves the ball down their throats.  Do not overthink this… Bet on the Bucks.

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NBA Betting Trends

The Hornets are 3-1 AtS versus the Bucks in Charlotte the last 3 seasons.
3 of 4 of these games have gone UNDER the last 3 seasons.
Charlotte is missing their 3 top scorers from last season.

Players To Watch

Bucks: PF Giannis Antetokoumnpo.  Giannis should be the MVP this season barring injury… He should really be the MVP every year.  Watch it happen.

Hornets: PF PJ Washington.  PJ is a good player who will be overwhelmed by GViannis like a lot of good players will be.  PJ has no actual defense for this reality. Neither does anyone else.


Bucks: Mike “I’m here forever” Budenholzer
Hornets: Steve “ i never heard of me either” Clifford

James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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