Clippers vs Bucks: Vintage Harden Game Loading

Action Network contributor Michael Fiddle details his betting picks and prediction for Clippers vs Bucks on Monday and why expectations are big on Harden.

Clippers vs. Bucks Odds

Clippers Odds +5.5
Bucks Odds -5.5
Moneyline +176 / -210
Over/Under 226
Time Monday, 8 p.m. ET
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NBA odds here.

Here’s everything you need to know about Clippers vs. Bucks on Monday, March 4 — our expert prediction and betting picks for today.

Let’s get to our Clippers vs. Bucks prediction and pick.

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Clippers vs. Bucks Prediction

Pick: James Harden 10+ Rebounds (+1000)

Clippers Betting Outlook

The Clippers are on the second leg of a road back to back between two contending teams. First it was the Minnesota Timberwolves in a low scoring physical battle where Clippers edged out the Wovles 89-88. Now they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks which presents another physical test against guys like Giannis, Dame, and even Bobby Portis who is a bruiser.

Although Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have been playing most back to backs this season, winding those down before the playoffs would be a wise idea — especially against two very physical teams.

In this case, I think it makes sense to take some Harden props at varying exposures and ladder them. Triple-double and rebound escalators stood out the most to me also considering the matchup situation.

If players are ruled in, the total ticks up quite a bit and he can still get these stats in a fast-paced game, and if they are ruled out, then Harden’s usage rate sky rockets.

The biggest value to obtain is the highest odds so that’s why I chose +1000 for 10 rebounds, but I am open to over eight boards at +375 and over 5.5 at +100.

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Bucks Betting Outlook

Since this is a write up targeted to a Harden rebound betting angle, the most important note about the Milwaukee Bucks is that the so many of their possessions, both in halfcourt sets and transition, have Brook Lopez on the perimeter.

Lopez has developed into an elite 3 point shooter, and the floor spacing he provides the Bucks allows Giannis and Dame the lanes to drive at will. However, the result to the opposing defense — in this case Ivica Zubac — will be brought out to the perimeter because Lopez cannot be left alone.

There will be plenty of opportunities created for Harden to scoop up rebounds and start the break without any big men in the paint.

Kings vs. Clippers Picks, Odds

I suspect the market angle is to play this immediately. Long odds often don’t last if there is any edge, and shoot around reports will become available in the early afternoon to indicate status on the Clippers forwards.

If they are added to the injury report even as questionable, the pricing on these will change drastically. I advise getting in early!

Pick: James Harden 10+ Rebounds (+1000)