Palmerbet’s daily NBA preview highlights the feature game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets, along with NBA tips for all other matches being played today.
12:00 (AEDT), Thu 10th Jan @ Toyota Center, Houston
History: Played 125: Bucks 67 V Rockets 58
Last meeting: March 7, 2018: Rockets 110 d Bucks 99 at Fiserv Forum
Final Thoughts: The Milwaukee Bucks are sitting pretty in second spot in the Eastern Conference. But a long run of away assignments (10 of their next 13) begins with a clash against the resurgent Houston Rockets.
The 23-16 Rockets have moved to fifth in the West with 12 wins in their last 14 games. They put away the conference-leading Nuggets 125-113 two days ago, with James Harden (32 pts, 14 ast) and Clint Capela (31 pts, 9 reb) again starring.
The 28-11 Bucks have also been in hot form, however, winning 10 of their last 12. They bounced back from a loss to the Raptors – in which Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds – with a strong 114-102 win over the Jazz.
‘The Greek Freak’ is averaging a crazy 26.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. He still managed 30 points and 10 boards against the Jazz’s blue-chip defender Rudy Gobert.
The Rockets have won eight of their last 10 against the Bucks. Last season they prevailed 115-111 at home and 110-99 in Milwaukee.
The Bucks have lost their last five straight in Houston and are a modest 9-7 on the road this season, though they have won four of their last five away. The Rockets boast an impressive 14-5 home record – including wins in their last 10 at Toyota Center.
Harden v Antetokounmpo is dominating the build-up to this blockbuster. But the Rockets’ home advantage and the superior support provided by the likes of Capela and PJ Tucker tips the scales in favour of the slight underdogs.
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