The Houston Rockets will host the Milwaukee Bucks in a potential NBA Finals preview on Wednesday night. Both the Rockets and Bucks are leading their respective divisions, and there will be plenty of star power on the floor. Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden will also be trying to stake their claim as the MVP of the league this season.
Houston is one of the hottest teams in the NBA at the moment, winning twelve of their last 14 games. The Rockets have surged into first place in the Southwest division, and are closing in on the top record in the Western Conference. Milwaukee has moved past the Toronto Raptors for the top record in the East. The Bucks have won ten of their previous 12 games and come into this contest with a 28-11 record. Houston is a 1.0 point favorite over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
James Harden Looks Unstoppable
Rockets guard and former MVP James Harden is quite possibly having the best season of his career. Harden is scoring points at a historic rate, and recently poured in over 400 points during a ten game span. He is averaging 33.7 points and 8.7 assists per game for the Rockets team, and makes the game a lot easier for his teammates. The Bucks will certainly try to find a way to slow down or stop Harden, but that has been an impossible task this season.
Center Clint Capela has also elevated his game this season in support of Harden. Capela is averaging 17.6 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game this season, and could be an All-Star in the Western Conference. The Rockets are shooting over 35 percent from the three-point line, but they have the potential to become even better from deep. Houston is starting to look like the team that took the Warriors to the brink a season ago.
Bucks Remain Highest Scoring NBA Team
The Milwaukee Bucks have been terrific on offense all season long, and are the highest scoring team in the NBA. Milwaukee is averaging 117.6 points per game, and are also the top rebounding team in the league. The Bucks have a bunch of solid veterans on the roster, and they look like a real threat to win the East. Milwaukee has also been locked in on the defensive end of the floor, giving up just 109 points per game.
The Bucks have a solid roster, but they also have one of the best players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” leads the team with 26.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game this season. Antetokounmpo is making a strong case for the MVP Award this season, and will likely spend time guarding Harden in this game. With the “Greek Freak” leading them, there is plenty of reason to “Fear the Deer.”
Rockets Defend Home Court
This game is likely to be a high scoring affair with two of the best players in the NBA on full display. Milwaukee has quietly built a really good team, and they can score with anyone in the league. The Bucks will have their hands full with James Harden in this game though. Harden is going through the best stretch of his career, and he has the Rockets playing exceptional basketball. Bet the Houston Rockets -1.0 over the Milwaukee Bucks.