Ride The No-Rest Angle, Fade Bucks In Utah

Saturday, March 2, 2019 6:10 AM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019 6:10 AM UTC

The Milwaukee Bucks had a late Friday night in L.A., making the Utah Jazz the right NBA pick for Saturday’s game in Salt Lake City.

<p style="text-align:right;"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Mar. 1: 16-14-1 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 18-9 Totals</em></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Milwaukee (48-14 SU, 36-23-3 ATS) at Utah (35-26 SU, 32-27-2 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Saturday, 9:00 p.m. ET</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Free NBA Pick:<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/milwaukee-bucks-vs-utah-jazz-3569940/odds/" target="_blank" title="Live Odds!"> Jazz ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4435&amp;book=Pinnacle" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569940, "sportsbooksIds":[238,169,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Full credit to the Utah Jazz – <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/keep-mining-nuggets-with-flat-jazz-on-tap/88977/">they did not fold up their tents</a> Thursday night. The Jazz went into Denver on zero days of rest and beat the mighty Nuggets 111-104 as 7.5-point road dogs. It helped their cause that Denver shot just 7-for-25 from behind the arc, and Nikola Jokic was limited by foul trouble, but that was in large part because of Utah’s defense; they forced Jokic to cough up the ball five times. Well done.<br /><br />In theory, the Jazz should be the right <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank">NBA pick</a> for Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. While Utah rested on Friday, the Bucks were busy playing the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-picks-friday-march-1-totals-market-bucks-and-lakers/88991/" target="_blank">they messed up our ‘under’</a> by beating the Lakers 131-120 as 5.5-point road faves. We’re still waiting for Saturday’s <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> to hit the board at press time, but with Milwaukee playing on zero days of rest, we’ll stick with the program and take our chances on Utah.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Wings Of Desire</strong></h2><p>There’s another hidden reason why the Jazz had so much success in Denver: Ricky Rubio (minus-0.2 BPM) and Raul Neto (minus-1.6 BPM) both sat out with hamstring injuries. Losing your top two point guards usually isn’t a good thing, but in this case, maybe it was; SF Royce O’Neale (plus-0.2 BPM) played a season-high 40 minutes, and SF Thabo Sefolosha (plus-0.4 BPM) played 12 minutes off the bench in his fifth game back since coming off the injured list.<br /><br />These wingmen were doubly important since Donovan Mitchell (minus-0.2 BPM) played the point for Utah against the Nuggets. Mitchell “only” shot the ball 19 times, down from an average of 23 the previous eight games in February – and he made nine of those field-goal attempts, including 4-of-8 from downtown. Alas, Rubio is expected to return Saturday, so Mitchell presumably won’t be as selective with his shots this time. At least Neto is still out versus the Bucks, which is fine, as long as Dante Exum (minus-3.1 BPM) remains hobbled by that sprained ankle.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;So to recap today...&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Bucks win&lt;br /&gt;Bucks are 48-14&lt;br /&gt;Bucks are the best team in the NBA&lt;br /&gt;Bucks clinched a playoff spot on March 1st&lt;br /&gt;Bucks helped secure their future by resigning Bled-Show to an extension&lt;br /&gt;Bucks signed a champion, veteran leader in Pau Gasol&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FearTheDeer?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FearTheDeer&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Jon Meck (@BleedBadgerRed) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BleedBadgerRed/status/1101721896951918593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 2, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Having said all that, we’d almost certainly go with Milwaukee if they weren’t playing the second of back-to-back games – with the travel from L.A. to Salt Lake City thrown in. As if the Bucks weren’t awesome enough as it is, they’re reportedly going to sign Pau Gasol (plus-1.4 BPM) after he negotiated a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. We’re assuming Gasol won’t be available Saturday, but c’mon. He’ll join a Bucks bench that includes Pat Connaughton (plus-0.6 BPM), Nikola Mirotic (plus-0.4 BPM), Ersan Ilyasova (minus-0.4 BPM), Tony Snell (minus-0.7 BPM), and when healthy, George Hill (minus-0.3 BPM). Just give them the damn title already.</p>
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