Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks 1/27/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview
Two of the top teams in the league face off tonight as the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-18) face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (35-12).
Milwaukee is currently on a six-game winning streak which has given them a one-game lead in the Eastern Conference, while Oklahoma City has turned some things around. They are 5-5 in their last 10 but have won their last four games and are third in the Western Conference.
This is the first game between the teams since a 119-115 preseason win by Oklahoma City,
Tonight’s marquee matchup will feature MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo and Russell Westbrook.
Time: 6:00pm ET
Arena: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup
The Thunder are looking like a much different team than the team that lost to the Lakers 128-138 in overtime on January 17. Since then, the Thunder are 4-0 with wins against the 76ers, Knicks, Trail Blazers and Pelicans.
In that stretch, they’ve leaned heavily on recently-named All-Star starter Paul George, who has scored over 30 points in three of the four games.
On Thursday night against the Pelicans, Oklahoma City nearly had two players with triple-doubles. Russell Westbrook had 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 16 assists, and George finished the game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
Aside from George and Westbrook, Jerami Grant has played well as a member of the starting lineup. He has scored in double figures in his last eight games. He’s enjoying a career year in OKC and he’s been one of the more important parts of the Thunder defense.
Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
The Milwaukee Bucks have bounced back from their loss to the Washington Wizards on January 11 to win six straight.
In their most recent win, 108 to 99 against the Charlotte Hornets, the Bucks rallied late with a 32-point fourth quarter and limited Charlotte to just 12 points in the quarter to extend their lead.
MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 34 points and 14 rebounds.
The Bucks’ defense has been a big reason for their rise this year and a lot of that centers around coach Mike Budenholzer’s defensive schemes, utilizing players like offseason acquisition Brook Lopez and Giannis. While their schedule has been a bit on the light side through this six-game stretch, they’ll receive a test against the Thunder tonight
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
The Bucks are one-point favorites to win tonight’s game on the road. The over/under is 235 points. Milwaukee opened at -105 on the moneyline, but the line has moved to +100 for them.
Oklahoma City is 16-7 at home and 6-3 as the underdog. Milwaukee is 13-8 on the road and 29-11 as the favorite.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Russell Westbrook ($12.3k) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11.7k) are fantasy standouts for tonight. Both players have been playing very well. Giannis is projected for 51.58 points and FanDuel has Westbrook locked in for a 53.97 point night.
Khris Middleton ($6.4k), who has a projection of 30.57 points is a value player tonight in addition to Jerami Grant ($6.1k), who is projected to finish with 28.9 fantasy points.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.