5:05 p.m. at New Orleans
Bucks +9½ at Hornets (200½)
This matchup is more like taking the lesser of two evils. Milwaukee comes off a 20-point loss at Dallas, one of 12 double-digit losses in an 11-21 road record. Milwaukee has dropped three of its last four against the spread and is without its best two players in Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut. Yet, the Bucks are 33-25-2 ATS and just four games below .500 (28-32) for the season. So this is a resilient team.
New Orleans is a solid 34-22 overall, but just 24-31-1 ATS. And, the Hornets are 1-5 ATS the last six times they have had to give at least 8. Chris Paul has been the given for New Orleans, but the other parts have been either hurt or inconsistent. New Orleans is 0-3 ATS in the last 3, so covering 9½ would seem dicey even with Milwaukee’s knack for getting blown out on the road. BUCKS.