The Charlotte Hornets are in a tough position before the match against the Milwaukee Bucks. James Borrego’s boys are currently 8th in the conference, 1.5 games behind the sixth-seeded Celtics, who are the last team that doesn’t need to participate in the play-in tournament. On the other side, the Bucks are chasing the top spot in the East, but their last night’s loss to the Hawks left them behind the 76ers and the Nets.
Bucks vs Hornets Preview
Milwaukee Bucks 37-23 (-450)
The majority of the fans expected to see Giannis and his teammates winning in Atlanta against the Hawks last night. However, the Bucks failed to win their third game in a row, suffering an unpleasant 111-104 defat. “Unpleasant” because the Hawks outscored them 41-26 in the final period, flipping the result in the last minutes of the event.
Giannis had 31 points and 14 boards, 11-for-13 from the field. Khris Middleton delivered 23 buckets, while Bobby Portis added 15 off the bench. Jrue Holiday had a solid performance with 19 points and 11 assists, missing three of his 11 attempts from the field.
One of the main reasons why Milwaukee lost this match were the three-pointers, with Budenholzer’s crew making just 8 in 28 shots.
Charlotte Hornets 30-30 (+330)
Despite multiple injuries that struck their roster at the worst possible time of the campaign, the Hornets don’t want to surrender. Without the No.1 candidate for winning the Rookie of the Year award, LaMelo Ball, and their top start, Gordon Hayward, feisty Charlotte is still in the race for the playoffs.
Right now, the Hornets have two wins in a row, both at their Spectrum Center. They would defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-102 on Friday and then the Boston Celtics on Sunday, 125-104.
Four Hornets’ players had 20 or more points. Devonte Graham scored 24, Terry Rozier 21 with 11 assists, PJS Washington 21, adding 12 boards, while Miles Bridges dropped 20.
Bucks vs Hornets Head to Head Matches
These two teams are divisional rivals and have already met three twice this season. Surprisingly, the Hornets hold the advantage over the Bucks, coming out as winners from both events. The first in Charlotte ended 126-114 for the hosts, and the second, at Fiserv, finished 127-119 in Charlotte’s favor.
Bucks vs Hornets Prediction
After losing to the Hawks last night, Milwaukee will come in this matchup with a sense of urgency. They have to win it; otherwise, the 76ers and especially the Nets will pull away atop the conference. The Bucks’ victory is the most logical solution here due to the previous reason and the fact that it would be extremely odd to see Milwaukee swept in the season series against the Hornets.