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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Golden State Warriors' Kevon Looney during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Patrick Werkmeister

Following a perfect 3-0 outing in last week’s best bets for the NBA, this game is a great opportunity to stay hot. In this interconference matchup, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Last game out, the Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks, 124-115, whereas the Warriors defeated Nuggets 113-102. Both of these teams are led by their own superstar and that’s why they are currently near the top of their respective conference. Nevertheless, during the midseason grind, players and teams alike can lose their rhythm due to the harsh schedule of an 82-game season. With this in mind, here are the best bets and player props for this NBA Saturday contest.


Bucks (-1.5)
The opening spread for this contest favored the Bucks by one and a half-points and that is where the line currently sits. While Milwaukee is an impressive 6-1 ATS in their past seven games, the Warriors a dreadful 1-6 ATS in their last seven matches played at home. With the Warriors still without glue guy, Draymond Green, the defending champion Bucks could be more than Golden State could handle right now. In the first matchup of these two teams this season, the Bucks blew out Golden State where MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated all game. Without a defensive force like Draymond, it will prove quite difficult to stop a fully healthy Bucks team who has won six straight. While the Warriors have been in a bit of a rough patch, I like the Bucks in this spot to stay hot following their six straight wins. Take Giannis and the Bucks minus the points vs the Warriors.

Stephen Curry Over 25.5 Points
After scoring 34 points along with nine rebounds against the Nuggets, Steph Curry is back in peak scoring form. Curry is averaging 26 points and nearly 7 assists per game and has been on a scoring tear lately. Steph has been the alpha in Golden State ever since he got drafted and impacts their team in intangible ways by making the guys around him better. With no real big man in the middle, Milwaukee should have a hard time stopping Curry from going to the basket and getting his shots. However, the Bucks have allowed the 4th lowest points per game in the NBA, so he’ll have to push the pace in this one to get his. This prop has amazing value given his ridiculous numbers last time out. While he has a low of 13 points this season, I’m going to ride the hot hand and take him to once again produce at an efficient rate. Take Steph to score more than his total points prop with ease.

Khris Middleton Over 5.5 Assists (+112)
After dropping 8 dimes in his last outing vs the Hawks, Khris Middleton has shown he can be as efficient a distributor as he has been a scorer this season. Middleton is averaging nearly 6 assists per game and has become a maestro in turning a good shot into a great shot. Middleton is one of the few point men on their squad and that has allowed him to have plenty of assist opportunities. When the Bucks met the Warriors just a few weeks ago, Middleton was able to easily dish out 5 assists. This prop has amazing value given his steady numbers this season. While he has a low of 2 assists this year, I’m going to ride with the passing hand of Middleton and take him to once again produce at an efficient rate. Take him to have more than his total assists prop.

Same Game Parlay:
Bucks -1.5, Giannis Over 31.5 Pts, Curry Over 25.5 Pts, Khris Middleton Over 5.5 assists and Over 237 Pts.

SGP Odds +3950

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