Pelicans vs Bucks Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Monday, December 19, 2022

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The New Orleans Pelicans (18-11) host the Milwaukee Bucks (21-8) on December 19, 2022 at Smoothie King Center, where the Pelicans are favored, by one point in a matchup featuring one of the strongest offensive squads in the NBA (the Pelicans) against one of the best defensive squads (the Bucks). The point total is 228 points in the contest.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Bucks

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1 point, with sportsbooks listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -111 odds to pick up the win, while the Bucks are listed at -109 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 228 points.

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Pelicans vs. Bucks Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Monday, December 19, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Bucks Betting Trends

In the Pelicans’ 29 games this season, they have 15 wins against the spread. New Orleans has been victorious in 13, or 68.4%, of the 19 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. The Pelicans have gone over the point total in 55.2% of their opportunities this year (16 times in 29 games with a set point total).

The Bucks have 16 wins against the spread in 29 games this year. Milwaukee has won 33.3% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (1-2). Bucks games this year have gone over the point total 44.8% of the time (13 out of 29 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
Zion Williamson 24 25.5 7.2 4.6 1.2 0.6 0.3
CJ McCollum 25 18.2 4.8 5.7 1 0.6 2.2
Jonas Valančiūnas 29 12.9 9 1.7 0.3 0.3 0.5
Trey Murphy III 27 12.2 4.3 1.4 1.1 0.6 2.3
Herbert Jones 20 10.3 3.5 2.3 1.1 0.7 0.9


Bucks Leaders
Giannis Antetokounmpo 24 30.6 11.1 5.3 0.9 1 0.8
Jrue Holiday 22 19.2 5.2 7.4 1.5 0.4 2.3
Bobby Portis 29 14.4 10.3 2 0.3 0.3 1.2
Brook Lopez 28 14 5.9 1.1 0.5 2.8 2.1
Grayson Allen 26 10.9 3.6 2.6 0.7 0.2 1.8
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Pelicans vs. Bucks Injury Report

Bucks: Khris Middleton: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans has been lifted by its offense, as it ranks third-best in the NBA by tallying 117.3 points per game. It ranks 12th in the league in points allowed (112 per contest). The Pelicans are posting 116.6 points per game this year at home, which is 1.4 fewer points than they’re averaging in away games (118). The Pelicans’ offense has been very consistent as of late, averaging the same 117.3 points per game in their last 10 games as they have the entire 2022-23 season.

New Orleans ranks 24th in the NBA with 11 threes per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks ninth with a 36.5% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Of the shots attempted by the Pelicans in 2022-23, 66.2% of them have been two-pointers (74.7% of the team’s made baskets) and 33.8% have been threes (25.3%).

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What you need to know about the Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee is 17th in the NBA in points scored (112.6 per game) and fourth-best in points allowed (108.4). The Bucks score 118.2 points per game at home, and 104.7 on the road. While the Bucks are putting up 112.6 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark over their last 10 games, tallying 112.8 a contest.

Beyond the arc, Milwaukee is seventh in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (13.2). It is 17th in 3-point percentage at 35.2%. The Bucks attempt 41.8% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 32.1% of their made baskets are from there. Inside the arc, they take 58.2% of their shots, with 67.9% of their makes coming from there.

Pelicans vs. Bucks Predictions and Pick

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