The Milwaukee Bucks are starting the season with some bad news losing Khris Middleton for possibly the entire season while the New Orleans Pelicans are suffering their own misfortune. Today we're going to take a look the win totals of these two teams with some solid young talent and make two wise NBA picks.
Last season Milwaukee won 33 games and struggle the latter part of the season going 8-14 in the final two months. They come in this year with a major injury issue in Khris Middleton and overall really underachieved last season. A lot of people might want to come out and immediately back the under with Middleton out but I think there is still some potential with this young team. They have one of the most exciting players in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo and I expect for Jabari Parker to have a breakout season. I'm not very high on them starting Matthew Dellavedova at this point but he does have championship experience. Something I mentioned a lot last year was I didn't really understand their pick up of Greg Monroe who didn't seem to fit into their defensive scheme. However, he is a solid offensive option along with the most recent news that they just picked up Tony Snell in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams. No doubt losing their leading scorer from last season will hurt but I think there is enough in this lineup for head coach Jason Kidd to sneak them close to the playoffs with around 40 plus wins.
Free NBA Pick: Over 39.5
Best Line Offered: at Bet Victor
New Orleans Pelicans
Last season New Orleans won just 30 basketball games and rank as one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Like Milwaukee, injury news is not good for New Orleans as both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are out for an undetermined amount of time but definitely won't be there at the beginning of the season. Of course, they still have one of the best players in the game in Anthony Davis but there really isn't a ton around him to help out and they are not particularly deep. I don't see a huge change from their transition of Monty Williams into Alvin Gentry as they both tend to focus on pushing the tempo with too much of a disregard in my opinion to clampdown on defense. That style is fine if you got the personnel to execute by spreading the floor and shooting the three but they are going to be without guys they had last year that could knock it down from distance like Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, and Evans who is injured. They could come out of the gates and really struggle so for me what I see is a bit of a conundrum which has them not making the playoffs, and that is what made me select this NBA pick.
The pick: Under 36.5
Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power