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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Oklahoma City Thunder have no room for error as the fight for the top seeding in the Western Conference goes down to the wire, and they face a tough opponent in the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Just one game splits the top three in the West, with OKC currently third behind the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Denver Nuggets.

The Thunder face a must-win game, but what looked like one of the most intense clashes of the weekend has taken a hit with the Bucks releasing a lengthy injury report ahead of this trip. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder betting picks and predictions

Oklahoma City Thunder -15.0 (-110)

The Milwaukee Bucks have named a comprehensive list of players who look set to miss this game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was already ruled out of the remainder of the regular season, but MarJon Beauchamp, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and Bobby Portis have been listed as questionable.

All-Star Damian Lillard has also been ruled out, meaning the Bucks are in line for a very weakened rotation.

The Bucks may see slipping to third as tempting, with the Miami Heat or Philadelphia 76ers potentially awaiting them in the first round if they hold on to second. The Bucks are still likely to take second, so it could be that they are confident of holding that spot without risking their top players.

Regardless, it doesn’t change the equation for the Thunder. This is a must-win game for OKC and they should make short work of the weakened Bucks.

The fact that Lopez and Portis are listed on the report for rest and Middleton is down for injury management suggests they’re likely to play no part in this clash.

The Thunder will be throwing everything they’ve got at this one and their offensive tools should blow a limited Bucks team away. With that in mind, the Thunder are still tempting to clear a -15.0 line.

Jalen Williams to score 20+ points (+135)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s MVP claim isn’t likely to be boosted against a weakened Bucks team, so the player prop value here lies with breakout player Jalen Williams. He’s coming off a couple of lower-profile games after returning to the starting lineup, but he finished March on a tear.

Before being sidelined for four games, Williams had scored 18+ points in 13 of his last 17 appearances. His shots were limited in his first two games back, but with the injury-plagued Bucks likely to throw all their efforts towards SGA, Williams can thrive.

I don’t see Milwaukee having much defensive resistance to the Thunder and Williams should profit off that, so he seems well-placed to hit 20 points once again.

Oklahoma City Thunder to win and either team not to score 100 points (+190)

While the Thunder should have too much offensively, they are also an excellent defensive group against a Bucks team who could be missing their top five scorers, who average a combined 96.2 points per game.

The Thunder should be well-placed to hold the Bucks at bay, as they have the fourth-best defensive efficiency rating in the league and they’re going up against a weakened Bucks outfit.

While I’ve backed the hosts to cover on the spread, they should be able to withstand this Bucks offense and hold the visitors below 100 points.

Given that, the standout bet has to be OKC to win and and either team not to score 100 points at +190.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder odds

Milwaukee Bucks

+750

Oklahoma City Thunder

-1200

Spread

OKC Thunder -15.0

Total Points

O/U 223.5

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder player props

 Player Points

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC Thunder)

O/U 27.5

Jalen Williams (OKC Thunder)

O/U 17.5

Chet Holmgren (OKC Thunder)

O/U 14.5

Josh Giddey (OKC Thunder)

O/U 12.5

Luguentz Dort (OKC Thunder)

O/U 11.5

Patrick Beverley (MIL Bucks)

O/U 10.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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