The unofficial first half of the NBA season wraps up Thursday night (8 PM ET) when the Washington Wizards visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Both teams are coming off victories on Tuesday. Washington beat the New York Knicks 111-108 as 2-point road favorites, while Milwaukee upset the Boston Celtics 112-111 as 5-point home dogs.
The Wizards (23-27 SU, 26-24 ATS) have been the better team this year, although injuries have limited their performance. The team is relatively healthy now, but the Bucks (21-32 SU, 26-26-1 ATS), on the other hand, are without power forward John Henson, who has missed six straight games with a sore back. He’s considered day-to-day going into the All-Star break. In his absence, Milwaukee has gone 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS.
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams, after Washington swept the first three games at 2-1 ATS. The disappointing Bucks are near the bottom of the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and Henson (18.9 PER) is by far their best defensive player. The Wizards have a strong frontcourt now that Nene (15.9 PER) has returned from the injured list to support fellow big man Marcin Gortat (17.8 PER).