Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction for February

In their second and final regular season meeting, the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Dallas Mavericks. The Bucks are facing challenges, while the Mavericks are battling to maintain their position in the competitive Western Conference. This promises to be a high-stakes game as both teams aim to return to their winning ways.
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Carlos Reyes
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Feb 3, 2024
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Despite holding the third spot in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks have been underperforming since they dismissed their previous coach, Adrian Griffin. They are currently on a two-game losing streak, having lost three of their last four matches. Damian Lillard has been a boost to the Bucks’ offense, yet the team is currently facing significant difficulties in defense, prompting a change in their coaching staff. The Bucks are determined to break their losing streak in this match. Conversely, the Dallas Mavericks, who are ranked eighth in the Western Conference, have encountered setbacks in five of their last seven games, largely due to recent injuries that have affected their performance. With Kyrie Irving on a slow path to recovery and Luka Doncic’s participation uncertain, it looks challenging for them to overcome a determined Bucks squad.

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks
Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks

The game is scheduled for 20:30 ET on Saturday, February 3, 2024, which corresponds to 01:30 a.m. GMT on Sunday, February 4, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

This article provides NBA predictions and betting advice for the Bucks versus Mavericks game on February 3, including the latest odds, essential statistics, team updates, and expected starting lineups.

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Latest Odds on Betting Sites

The Mavericks’ moneyline odds stand at 2.40 (+140 in American format), and the Bucks’ moneyline odds are set at 1.61 (-165).

Spread

  • Mavericks +3.5: 1.91 (-110)
  • Bucks -3.5: 1.9 (-110)

Over/Under

  • Over 250.5: 1.91 (-110)
  • Under 250.5: 1.91 (-110)

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Last Game Results

The Mavericks faced a heavy defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, falling 87-121 with what could be considered their backup squad. The absence of key players such as Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Dante Exum, and Dereck Lively II made the Mavericks’ challenge against the formidable Timberwolves on their turf seem insurmountable.

Josh Green was the top scorer for the Mavericks with 18 points, followed by Jaden Hardy with 15 points. Richaun Holmes stood out at the center position, achieving a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 15 points, and Seth Curry added 9 points off the bench. Overall, it was a tough game for Dallas, both offensively and defensively.

The Mavericks’ team performance included making 31 out of 76 field goals (40.8%), 6 out of 29 three-point attempts (20.7%), and 19 out of 26 free throws (73.1%). They recorded 18 assists, 31 total rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals, and 16 turnovers.

For the Mavericks, Derrick Jones Jr. (wrist), Dante Exum (knee), and Kyrie Irving (thumb) were unavailable for the game, while Dereck Lively II (nose) and Maxi Kleber (nose) were listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks were narrowly defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers with a score of 119-116 during the second game of their five-game road trip. This game marked Damian Lillard’s first game at the Moda Center as a member of the opposing team. Despite a strong finish, the Bucks fell short, with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the team in scoring with 27 points and 8 rebounds. However, his missed free throws in critical moments were costly. Lillard scored 25 points, with 7 assists and 6 rebounds against his former team.

Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez also made significant contributions with 21 and 19 points, respectively, while Bobby Portis added 11 points from the bench.

The Bucks’ team stats were 45 made field goals out of 92 attempts (48.9%), 13 out of 45 three-pointers (28.9%), and 13 out of 18 free throws (72.2%). They accumulated 27 assists, 39 total rebounds, 7 steals, 5 blocks, and 13 turnovers.

Bucks team news included Andre Jackson Jr. being questionable for the game due to a wrist injury.

Bucks vs Mavericks H2H

In their regular season encounters, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks have faced off in 84 games. The Bucks have emerged victorious in 46 of these matchups, while the Mavericks have won 38 times. Currently, the Bucks are enjoying a three-game winning streak against the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks Lineups and Key Players

Dallas Mavericks projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Luka Doncic
  • Shooting guard: Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • Small forward: Josh Green
  • Power forward: Grant Williams
  • Center: Maxi Kleber

Luka Doncic continues to excel offensively for the Dallas Mavericks, maintaining his high performance level. Over the course of 40 games this season, Doncic has averaged 34.7 points per game. Additionally, as the team’s primary playmaker, he averages nearly 10 assists per game and has been effective in the paint, securing an average of 8.6 rebounds.

Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Damian Lillard
  • Shooting guard: Malik Beasley
  • Small forward: Khris Middleton
  • Power forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Center: Brook Lopez

Giannis Antetokounmpo has demonstrated throughout this season that he can dominate in the NBA without necessarily having the ball in his hands. Known as the “Greek Freak,” he is averaging a double-double with 30.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, Giannis has made a significant impact on defense, averaging one block per game.

Bucks vs Mavs predictions and betting tips

Recently, both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks have faced their share of challenges, but Milwaukee is in a position to have the upper hand in their upcoming matchup. Dallas is at a disadvantage, potentially without Kyrie Irving, their second-highest scorer, exacerbating their difficulties in clinching wins, especially on their home turf.

In their past meetings, Milwaukee has had the upper hand against the Mavericks, winning four of their last five encounters and currently holding a three-game winning streak against them. With Dallas’s lineup weakened, the likelihood of them overcoming the Bucks appears slim. Consequently, the odds are in favor of the Milwaukee Bucks securing a victory in this contest.

The prediction is for the Milwaukee Bucks to come out on top.

  • Betting prediction: Milwaukee Bucks to win
  • Odds: 1.61 (-165 American).
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