14 Jan

2024 NBA picks, January 8 predictions from proven model

The Milwaukee Bucks will face off against the Utah Jazz in an NBA interconference matchup on Monday. Milwaukee is 25-11 overall and 16-3 at home, while Utah is 17-20 overall and 6-15 on the road. The Bucks won both of their matchups last season by at least 26 points in each contest.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The Bucks are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Jazz vs. Bucks odds, according to the SportsLine consensus, and the over/under is 242 points. Before entering any Bucks vs. Jazz picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 12 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 112-62 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning well over $4,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

The model has set its sights on Utah vs. Milwaukee. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Jazz vs. Bucks:

Bucks vs. Jazz spread: Bucks -8.5
Bucks vs. Jazz over/under: 242 points
Bucks vs. Jazz money line: Bucks: -380, Jazz: +300
UTA: The Jazz are 7-2 against the spread over their last nine games
MIL: The Bucks are 3-0 in their last three games against the Jazz
Bucks vs. Jazz picks: See picks at SportsLine
What to know about the Jazz
The Jazz are coming off a 120-109 victory over the 76ers on Saturday, winning their fourth game over their last five contests. Utah is also 7-2 over its last nine games, climbing up the Western Conference standings with the ninth-best record (17-20) in the West. Lauri Markkanen has led Utah in scoring in back-to-back contests, including having 33 points and 13 rebounds against the 76ers. The 26-year-old, 7-foot power forward is averaging 23.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game on the season.

Collin Sexton has played well in an expanded role over the last month, averaging 20.2 points over his last 18 contests since December 2. He shot 50.3% from the field in December and had 22 points and 10 assists while shooting 64.3% from the field against the 76ers. Fellow guard Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.2 ppg this year while reaching the 30-point mark in two of his last eight games. See which team to pick here.

What to know about the Bucks
The Bucks will be without star guard Damian Lillard, who is out for personal reasons. Milwaukee is coming off a 112-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, even with Giannis Antetokounmpo posting 48 points and 17 rebounds. The Bucks needed a huge fourth quarter, outscoring the Rockets, 35-23, in the final period to nearly pull out the comeback victory.

Antetokounmpo is having another MVP-worthy season, averaging 31.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists. His ppg is a career-high after averaging a career-best 31.1 ppg last year. The seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA MVP had 24 points and 11 assists in his most recent game against Utah after scoring 30 points with 15 rebounds the matchup before against the Jazz. The Bucks will likely need another huge performance from Antetokounmpo along with role players such as Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez to play well with Lillard out. See which team to pick here.

How to make Bucks vs. Jazz picks
The model has simulated Jazz vs. Bucks 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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