Nets vs. Bucks prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, March 31 best bets from proven computer model – CBSSports.com

Nets vs. Bucks prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, March 31 best bets from proven computer model - CBSSports.com


The Brooklyn Nets host the Milwaukee Bucks in a battle between Eastern Conference stalwarts on Thursday. Brooklyn is 28-19 against the East this season with a 40-36 overall record. Milwaukee is 29-18 in conference games, with a 21-16 road record and an overall mark of 47-28. Joe Harris (ankle) and Ben Simmons (back) are out for Brooklyn, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) is probable for Milwaukee.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a two-point home favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 243.5 in the latest Bucks vs. Nets odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Bucks vs. Nets match-up, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 24 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 83-51 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,600. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Bucks vs. Nets, and just locked in its picks and NBA prediction. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Nets vs. Bucks:

  • Bucks vs. Nets spread: Nets -2
  • Bucks vs. Nets over-under: 243.5 points 
  • Bucks vs. Nets money line: Nets -130, Bucks +110
  • MIL: The Bucks are 22-25 against the spread in conference games 
  • BKN: The Nets are 20-25-2 against the spread in conference games

Why the Bucks can cover

Milwaukee is above-average in offense and defense, with notable strengths on both sides. The Bucks are elite in offensive efficiency, scoring 1.14 points per possession. Milwaukee also ranks in the top six of the NBA in three-point percentage (36.8 percent) and free throw attempts (22.8 per game), with top-10 marks in turnover rate (13.3 percent) and fast break points (13.3 per game). Brooklyn ranks in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive efficiency, and no team secures a lower percentage of available defensive rebounds than the Nets. 

On the opposite end, the Nets are prolific, but Milwaukee is strong on defense, yielding 110.5 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks are No. 2 in the NBA in defensive rebound rate at 74.5 percent, with top-four marks in fast break points allowed (11.0 per game) and points allowed in the paint (43.5 per game). Opponents are shooting only 45.3 percent against Milwaukee this season, and the Bucks yield fewer than 20 free throw attempts per game.

Why the Nets can cover

Brooklyn’s offense is dynamic, scoring 113.0 points per 100 possessions. The Nets bury 35.7 percent of 3-point attempts, and no team in the NBA allows more 3-pointers per game (14.3) than the Bucks. Brooklyn is also in the top six of the NBA in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage, with Milwaukee ranking in the bottom tier of the league in turnover creation and blocked shots. The Nets produce 25.2 assists per game, secure 28.0 percent of offensive rebounds and generate 13.6 fast-break points per game. 

On defense, Brooklyn holds opponents to 45.3 percent shooting, a top-10 figure in the NBA, and that includes a 34.7 percent clip on 3-point attempts. The Nets also allow only 24.1 assists per game, and Brooklyn ranks in the top five of the NBA in blocked shots, rejecting 5.4 attempts per game.

How to make Bucks vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 241 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Nets vs. Bucks? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Bucks vs. Nets spread you need to jump on Thursday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.   

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