Hornets vs. Bucks NBA expert prediction and odds for Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Lay points with Bucks)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Charlotte Hornets-Milwaukee Bucks matchup in the NBA on Tuesday.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34).
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34). / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are looking for a third blowout win over the Charlotte Hornets this season when the two teams face off at Fiserv Forum on Tuesday night. 

Milwaukee won the last meeting between these teams on Feb. 9 by 36 points, outdoing the 31-point win it had early in the campaign. 

Charlotte is playing better as of late, winning five of its last 10 games, but the team is severely outmatched against a top-tier Milwaukee team tonight. 

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Let’s break down the odds, injury reports and key players to watch for Tuesday’s Eastern Conference matchup: 

Hornets vs. Bucks odds, spread and total

Hornets vs. Bucks how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Wisconsin
  • Hornets record: 15-42
  • Bucks record: 37-21

Hornets vs. Bucks injury reports

Hornets injury report

  • Amari Bailey – out
  • LaMelo Ball – out
  • Davis Bertans – questionable
  • Leaky Black – out
  • Seth Curry – probable
  • Nathan Mensah – out
  • Nick Smith Jr. – out
  • Mark Williams – out

Bucks injury report

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo – probable
  • Khris Middleton – out
  • TyTy Washington – out
  • Ryan Rollins – out

Hornets vs. Bucks key players to watch

Charlotte Hornets

Brandon Miller: The No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft has been one of the bright spots in Charlotte this season, averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range. Miller scored 16 points in his last meeting with the Bucks and he’s averaging 21.1 points per game in 11 games this month. 

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo: An MVP candidate this season, Antetokounmpo is coming off an insane game against the Philadelphia 76ers (30 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists). He played less than 24 minutes in the team’s last matchup with Charlotte, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in that contest. 

Hornets vs. Bucks prediction and pick 

This is a major number to lay with the Bucks, but what have we seen from Charlotte in the first meetings between these teams that would make it a good bet?

The answer is nothing. 

The Hornets are one of the worst road teams in the NBA, going 10-18 ATS as road underdogs this season. While the Bucks are just 12-15-1 ATS as home favorites, they’ve shown that they can dominate an inferior Charlotte team. 

With LaMelo Ball out, I expect this to be a very similar outcome to the first two meetings between these teams. Charlotte is 5-5 in its last 10 games and it picked up wins against Memphis, Portland, Indiana, Utah and Atlanta. The issue? 

None of those teams are nearly as talented as Milwaukee, and several are borderline play-in teams. The Bucks should outclass Charlotte on Tuesday night. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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