NBA Basketball Free Pick
Friday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. PT
Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks
Nuggets at Bucks: The best in the East meets one of the best in the West. Milwaukee has an eight-game lead for the top seed while Denver is just four games behind the Lakers in the West, tied for third.
With the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo over the past few seasons Milwaukee has become a legitimate title contender. The Bucks are tied with Miami and Philadelphia for the NBA’s best home record (21-2).
Denver is a decent 14-8 on the road and has a positive scoring margin away from home (plus 1.8 ppg). But the Bucks are outscoring foes at home by 13.8 ppg, more than three ppg more than any other team. Denver is off a home game Thursday night against Utah, with whom the Nuggets were tied for the Northwest Division lead entering Tuesday play. Win or lose, that could take a lot out of the Nuggets as they face a rested Bucks team that last played on Tuesday. BUCKS