NBA Games Live Today: Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks - February 9, 2024

NBA Games Live Today: Charlotte Hornets at Milwaukee Bucks - February 9, 2024

Game Analysis

The Milwaukee Bucks are set to host the Charlotte Hornets in a game that sees a high-flying Bucks team facing off against a struggling Hornets squad. The Bucks, known for their potent offense, averaging 123.3 points per game (2nd in the NBA), are looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak. Their effectiveness is highlighted by a 3rd ranking in the NBA in effective field goal percentage and a top-10 standing in 3-point percentage. The Hornets, on the other hand, are dealing with defensive challenges, allowing 120.4 points per game and ranking 25th in the league in points allowed. Their defense has particularly struggled in the paint and against the three-point shot, which could be problematic against the Bucks' efficient scoring.

Predictions and Odds

The Bucks are heavily favored with an 86% chance of winning, as per predictive analytics, with a predicted final score of 121-108. The Hornets, despite being significant underdogs with a +14.5 spread, have a 56% chance of covering according to models. The over/under is set at 232.5 points, with a slight lean towards the under.

Betting Insights:

  • Spread: Bucks -14.5
  • Moneyline: Bucks at -1100, indicating strong confidence in a Bucks victory; Hornets at +700, highlighting the uphill battle they face.
  • Total (O/U): Set at 232.5 points, with predictions indicating a potential for a high-scoring affair, albeit slightly leaning towards the under.


The game presents a stark contrast in team fortunes and styles. The Bucks' efficient offense, led by stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, will look to exploit the Hornets' defensive woes. For the Hornets to have any chance, they'll need to significantly improve their defensive effort and hope for a standout offensive performance. Despite Milwaukee's recent skid, their ability to score from deep and their efficiency on the offensive end should see them through against a Charlotte team that has struggled to contain opponents.

Author: Dan Anderson