The Denver Nuggets (9-9) host the Milwaukee Bucks (11-8) at 9 p.m. ET Friday, November 26 at Ball Arena in Denver, Colo.. The Nuggets have been in a free fall as of late, losing their last five games. Denver has been hit hard by the injury bug in the early season, and will again be without reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic (wrist), Michael Porter Jr. (back), Jamal Murray (knee), and P.J. Dozier (knee). Rookie guard Bones Hyland (ankle) will be a game-time decision. The Bucks, on the other hand, are riding a five-game winning streak, and two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has been playing his best basketball of the season recently.
The Bucks are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Nuggets vs. Bucks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 213.5. Before making any Bucks vs. Nuggets picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from the red-hot simulation model at SportsLine.
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- Nuggets vs. Bucks spread: Nuggets +3.5
- Nuggets vs. Bucks over-under: 214 points
- Nuggets vs. Bucks moneyline: Nuggets +140, Bucks -160
What you need to know about the Bucks
The Bucks can't say they have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. They took their game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday by a conclusive 114-93 score. Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his run of stellar play, scoring 33 points to go along with five assists along and seven rebounds.
Denver has a strong home court advantage, but Milwaukee is in much better shape heading into this game. Antetokounmpo is playing MVP-caliber basketball, and the Bucks' have been outstanding on the defensive end during their win streak. Aaron Gordon could be an intriguing matchup for Antetokounmpo, but even if he succeeds in slowing down the 'Greek Freak', the Bucks are the superior team and have for more depth than the Nuggets in this matchup.
What you need to know about the Nuggets
As for Denver, it looks like they got the smaller half of the wishbone at Thanksgiving dinner. The contest between Denver and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday was not particularly close, with the Nuggets falling 119-100. Denver's loss came about despite a quality game from power forward Jeff Green, who had 24 points in addition to three blocks.
All three of the Nuggets' max contract players will be in street clothes for this game. That alone should sway things dramatically in Milwaukee's favor. The Nuggets have a very athletic bench that will see more minutes than usual tonight with Jokic and Porter out. Denver could have issues keeping pace against the Bucks' elite defense without Jokic.
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