Hornets vs. Bucks Prediction and Odds: Can Charlotte Upset Defending Champs?

The Bucks and Hornets face off on Wednesday.
The Bucks and Hornets face off on Wednesday. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks have quietly won seven straight games since Khris Middleton returned to the lineup and have a chance to make it eight when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. 

Charlotte (13-10) has lost back-to-back shootouts with the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls, and currently has the NBA’s worst defense in terms of points allowed per game (114.9). Can the Hornets dig deep to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo at home?

Here are the odds via WynnBET:

Hornets vs. Bucks Odds, Spread and Total 


  • Hornets +8.5 (-110)
  • Bucks -8.5 (-110)


  • Hornets: +310
  • Bucks: -380


  • 230.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

Hornets vs. Bucks Prediction and Pick

The Hornets give up a ton of points, but they also can score with the best of them, playing at the league’s third fastest pace and averaging the most points per game this season (114.4). 

The Bucks are 11th in the NBA in defensive rating, which has been steadily climbing since Middleton returned, but they have covered just three times in nine games as a home favorite. 

The defending champs are a really good basketball team, but I think Charlotte’s explosiveness offense can keep this thing within 8.5 points. 

Lean: Hornets +8.5 (-110)

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