Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/31/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 31, 2021
Venue:  Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Where to Watch:  NBA TV

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Jazz -1, Bucks +1; Over/Under:  223 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Jazz -1, Bucks +1; Over/Under:  223 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Jazz -1, Bucks +1; Over/Under:  222 points
 

Season Record

Utah Jazz:  4-0 (1st place, Northwest Division)
Milwaukee Bucks:  3-2 (2nd place, Central Division)
 
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Utah Jazz vs Milwaukee Bucks Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Utah Jazz:  4-0 last 4
Milwaukee Bucks:  3-2 last 5
 
 
 

Utah Jazz Analysis

The Jazz are coming into this game with a 4-0 record overall to start their season off and they are 2-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They are the only undefeated team left in the NBA and are coming into this game riding a 4 game winning streak, with their Saturday night game still to be played and that result is pending. This will be the 2nd leg of a back-to-back for them. The last game they completed was a win over the Rockets 122-91 in a game that they jumped out to a lead early in the first quarter and never looked back running away with that game. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in points in that game with 19 while Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson off the bench were both next on the team with 16 points each in that one. No one player stood out in that game as their scoring was a real team effort spreading the ball around. Donovan Mitchell led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Gobert led the team in rebounds with 14. Their offense is averaging 115.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to score 97 PPG against them. They opened their last game as a 9 point favorite with that line closing around the same number while the point total opened at 223.5 points and closed around the same number. The Jazz covered the spread in that game winning it by 32 points while the game stayed under the total with 213 total points.
 
 

Milwaukee Bucks Analysis

The Bucks are coming into this matchup with a 3-2 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Bucks had their 2 game winning streak snapped in their last game with a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They lost that game on Wednesday 113-108 in a game That they were pretty much dominated in from the start and they tried to make a late fourth quarter comeback but it was not enough just falling short in that game. Giannis Antetokounmpo went off in that game leading the team in points with 40 while Khris Middleton was the next closest player on the team with 16 points. The offense was carried by Giannis in that game as no one else really did much for them. Giannis also led the team in assists in that game with 7 and in rebounds with 16. He cannot carry this offense in every game though and he will need to start getting some help from his supporting cast. Their offense is averaging 114 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 114.8 PPG against them. The Bucks opened in their last game as a 7.5 point favorite with that line closing around 5.5 points while the point total opened at 229.5 and closed around 231 points. They not only did not cover the spread in that game but they lost it straight up on the moneyline cashing the +175 for the T-wolves while the game stayed under the total with 221 total points. 
 
 

 

Jazz vs Bucks Prediction

The Jazz are coming into this game as a 1 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They just suffered their first loss of the season against the Bulls the previous night and they will be looking to bounce back here from that loss. The Bucks have been alright this season but Giannis is carrying their team right now and if he was not playing then they would be getting smashed by teams. The best bet to place in this game is on the Jazz to cover the spread here and win the game on the moneyline as they are the better team and will be looking to bounce back from that first loss of the season.
 
Jazz Bucks Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Sunday, October 31, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Jazz 117 Bucks 111.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Utah Jazz: 263-233 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 1066-1023 ATS in all games. 68-50 ATS when the total is 220 to 229.5. 76-64 ATS when the total is greater than or equal to 220. 216-192 ATS as a road favorite. 
Milwaukee Bucks: 264-287 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 996-1050 ATS in all games. 141-157 ATS as a home underdog. 343-381 ATS as a home favorite. 478-530 ATS in home games.
 

Key Injuries

 
Utah Jazz:  H. Whiteside (C) Prob Sat - Hand injury. E. Paschall (PF) Prob Sat - Face injury. M. Oni (SG) Prob Sat - Illness. M. Conley (PG) Out Sat - Knee injury. R. Gay (SF) Ques Sat - Foot injury.
Milwaukee Bucks:  B. Portis (PF) Out Sat - Conditioning. B. Lopez (C) Doub Sat - Back injury. J. Holiday (PG) Doub Sat - Ankle injury. D. DiVincenzo (SG) Out indefinitely - Foot injury.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I thought our guards did a really good job of containing. They've got some guys who are fast and can play off the dribble. I thought that was the best we've run and shared the ball. I thought that was reflected in our catch-and-shoot, too." - Quin Snyder on his team’s win over the Rockets.
 
 
"We've got to figure it out, because obviously there's going to be times that we're going to play without them and this was one of those times. But we cannot use that as an excuse. We've got to do a better job of rebounding the ball." - Giannis Antetokounmpo on missing some key players in the lineup in their loss to the Timberwolves.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Utah Jazz
PG     Jordan Clarkson
SG     Donovan Mitchell
SF     Bojan Bogdanovic
PF     Royce O'Neale
C     Rudy Gobert
 
Milwaukee Bucks
PG     Jrue Holiday 
SG     Donte DiVincenzo
SF     Khris Middleton
PF     Giannis Antetokounmpo
C     Brook Lopez
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Utah Jazz
PPG: D. Mitchell (20)
APG: D. Mitchell (5)
Reb/G: R. Gobert (17.8)
 
Milwaukee Bucks
PPG: G. Antetokounmpo (27.6)
APG: G. Antetokounmpo (6.6)
Reb/G: G. Antetokounmpo (11.6)
 
Coaches:
Utah Jazz: Quin Snyder (8th season)
Milwaukee Bucks: Mike Budenholzer (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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