Bucks vs. Hornets odds, line: 2020 NBA Paris Game picks, predictions from proven model on 32-16 run

Paris, France will host an intriguing matchup that features the NBA's best team in the Milwaukee Bucks (39-6) on Friday afternoon. Giannis Antetokounmpo's team enters with the league's longest winning streak at seven games, though Robin Lopez (illness) will be unavailable for the Bucks when they take on the Charlotte Hornets (15-30) in the 2020 NBA Paris Game.

Tip-off is at 3 p.m. ET at AccorHotels Arena in Paris. Sportsbooks list Milwaukee as a 14-point favorite, up half a point from the opening line, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 219 in the latest Bucks vs. Hornets odds. Before making any Hornets vs. Bucks picks or NBA Paris Game predictions, see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and last season it returned a whopping $4,280 on its top-rated NBA spread and money line picks. It's already returned almost $1,800 in profit on all its top-rated NBA picks during the 2019-20 season and entered Week 13 on a blistering 32-16 run on all top-rated NBA spread picks. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Bucks vs. Hornets in the NBA Paris Game 2020. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Hornets vs. Bucks:

  • Bucks vs. Hornets spread: Bucks -14
  • Bucks vs. Hornets over-under: 219 points
  • Bucks vs. Hornets money line: Bucks -1238, Hornets +749
  • MIL: The Bucks are 4-2 against the spread in the last six games
  • CLT: The Hornets are 5-4 against the spread in the last nine games

Why the Bucks can cover

The model knows that the Bucks are balanced in many ways, but Antetokounmpo unlocks everything for Milwaukee. He is the reigning NBA MVP and perhaps the league's best player, averaging 30.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. For good measure, Antetokounmpo is also an elite defender, and he acts as the centerpiece of the NBA's best defense. 

The Bucks lead the league in effective field-goal percentage allowed and defensive rebounding, with elite metrics at preventing opponents from getting to the free-throw line. Milwaukee will be tasked with covering a large spread and that is never easy. However, the Bucks are a dominant two-way team that is fully capable of doing so.

Why the Hornets can cover

Even with a clear talent edge, Milwaukee isn't a lock to cover the Bucks vs. Hornets spread in the NBA Paris Game 2020. The model also has factored in that the Hornets don't stack up all that well from a roster standpoint, but Charlotte does have potential advantages. 

The Hornets do a fantastic job at keeping opponents off the free-throw line, ranking in the top five of the NBA. Beyond that, Charlotte can also look to exploit specific weaknesses from the Bucks, with Milwaukee struggling mightily on the offensive glass and lacking the ability to create havoc by forcing turnovers on the defensive end. Devonte' Graham is a potential X-factor in the game, with the sharp-shooting guard averaging 18.6 points and 7.7 assists to go along with an elite clip from beyond the three-point arc. 

How to make Bucks vs. Hornets picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total as Antetokounmpo scores 27.2 points in the simulations, a few points short of his season average, while Graham also lands below his season-long averages for points and assists. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Bucks vs. Hornets in the Paris Game 2020? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Hornets vs. Bucks spread you need to jump on Friday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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