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Jan 17, 2022

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks Predictions, Picks, Odds

The NBA’s Martin Luther King Day festivities will resume Monday evening with a highly anticipated Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. Coverage begins from State Farm Arena at 6:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

SCORE PREDICTION

Bucks 118, Hawks 106

BEST BETS

Bucks -5 (-110) at WynnBet

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS PREDICTIONS

After finishing fifth in the East with a record of 41-31 SU last year, Atlanta kept that same ball rolling with a similarly pedestrian start to this season, as the Grizzlies opened with a moderate 11-9 SU and 9-11 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as favorites in 13 of those matchups.

Health issues quickly caught up with the Hawks in December though, considering Atlanta is just 6-16 SU and ATS across the last 22 games – with 11 of those SU losses coming in matchups they were favored in.

On the other hand, Milwaukee stumbled out to a slightly discouraging start to the year, as the Bucks kicked things off with a lackluster 6-8 SU and ATS skid – with four of those SU losses coming in matchups they were favored in.

Milwaukee has played quietly solid basketball since their opening stretch though, considering the Bucks enter Monday sitting at 21-10 SU across the last 31 games – despite sitting just 14-17 ATS during that timeframe.

I’ll lay the points with Milwaukee here, as Atlanta has really struggled as of late, currently sitting at 1-5 SU and ATS across the last six games, while averaging just 106 PPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for a tough matchup against a Bucks squad averaging 114.7 PPG across their latest 12-game window.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING ODDS

  • Bucks -160
  • Hawks +140
  • Bucks -3.5 (-110)
  • Hawks +3.5 (-110)
  • Over 231 (-110)
  • Under 231 (-110)

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MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: Central vs. Southeast
  • Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Venue: State Farm Arena
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • TV-Time: TNT - 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

MILWAUKEE BUCKS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 27-18
  • ATS: 20-25
  • O/U: 18-27

After finishing with the best record in the East in two of the last three regular seasons, Milwaukee’s rough start was incredibly surprising, considering the Bucks’ compiled a record of 162-65 SU across the previous three seasons – and then opened this season just 6-8 SU.

Since mid-November though, Milwaukee has played excellent basketball when healthy, considering the Bucks are 21-10 SU across their latest 31-game stretch – with half of those losses coming in the absence of Antetokounmpo (5).

ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 17-25
  • ATS: 15-27
  • O/U: 22-20

The Hawks entered this season with lofty expectations after blossoming into legitimate contenders during last year’s impressive playoff run, as Atlanta dominated the Knicks in a five-game first-round set, and then stunned the top-seeded Sixers in the second – before ultimately falling short against the Bucks in the ECF.

Atlanta quickly reverts to mediocrity without its core group on the floor though, considering the Hawks enter Friday riding a rocky 6-16 SU skid – which includes discouraging losses to the Magic, Rockets, Hornets, and Knicks.

The Hawks are 5-15 SU in their last 20 matchups against Milwaukee. (AP)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Bucks won two-of-three regular-season matchups against Atlanta last year, with the first two matchups soaring over the total at an average of 236.5 PPG – while the third stayed just under with a score of 111-104.

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • MIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF (28.5 PPG, 11.3 REB, 6.1 AST)
  • MIL: Khris Middleton - SF (19.1 PPG, 5.5 REB, 5.3 AST)
  • ATL: Trae Young - PG (27.6 PPG, 3.9 REB, 9.3 AST)
  • ATL: John Collins - PF (17.3 PPG, 7.8 REB, 1.1 BLK)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING CONCLUSION

After posting a fifth straight loss on Saturday night, the Hawks enter Monday’s contest as four-point home underdogs against the visiting Bucks – marking the fourth time Atlanta has been an underdog across the last six games.

I’ll lay the points with Milwaukee here, as the Bucks are averaging 115.4 PPG across their latest 8-5 SU run – likely presenting a steep uphill battle for a Hawks squad averaging just 106 PPG across their current 1-5 SU skid.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS. ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING TRENDS

  • The Bucks are 15-5 SU in their last 20 matchups against Atlanta.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the last 12 matchups between Milwaukee and Atlanta.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five straight Bucks' games.
  • The Hawks are 0-5 ATS in their last five games.
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