Bucks vs. Pelicans NBA Preview (3/28/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 28, 2024 - Last Updated on April 3, 2024
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Bucks vs. Pelicans Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks travel to play against the New Orleans Pelicans today. The game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET at the Smoothie King Center, and will be broadcast on the NBA channel. Betting odds include a point spread of -1 in favor of the Bucks, with an over/under set at 224.5. The Bucks’ moneyline is at -115, while the Pelicans’ is at -106.

Bucks vs. Pelicans pregame odds for Thursday night

The pregame NBA betting odds for the Bucks vs. Pelicans are in the same range across various sportsbooks. Milwaukee is a slight -1 favorite, with the over/under around 224.5 points. On the moneyline, DraftKings has the Bucks at -115, with the Pelicans at -105. Current odds at Massachusetts sportsbooks are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Bucks -1, over/under 224.5
  • FanDuel: Bucks -1, over/under 224.5
  • Caesars: Bucks -1, over/under 224.5
  • BetMGM: Bucks -1.5, over/under 224.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Bucks vs. Pelicans. 

Bucks vs. Pelicans projected starting lineups (3/28/24)

Milwaukee Bucks starting lineup tonight

  • PG: Damian Lillard
  • SG: Malik Beasley
  • SF: Khris Middleton (game-time decision)
  • PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (game-time decision)
  • C: Brook Lopez

New Orleans Pelicans starting lineup tonight

  • PG: CJ McCollum
  • SG: Trey Murphy III
  • SF: Herbert Jones
  • PF: Zion Williamson
  • C: Jonas Valanciunas

Projected starting lineups & injuries for each team are provided by Sportsdata. 

Bucks vs. Pelicans injuries for tonight’s game

For the Pelicans, Brandon Ingram (knee) and Dyson Daniels (knee) have been ruled out. Jose Alvarado is questionable due to a hip injury. The Bucks have listed Patrick Beverley (wrist), Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring), Khris Middleton (ankle), and MarJon Beauchamp (back) as questionable.

Team standings & stats for Thursday’s game

The Pelicans host the Bucks on Thursday night, a meeting of two teams that are in the thick of the playoff chase in their respective conferences.

Milwaukee Bucks team stats

The Milwaukee Bucks stand at 46-26, which places them 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee is 5-5 over the last 10 games, most recently dropping a 128-124 double overtime decision to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Season stats for the Bucks are as follows:

  • Points per game: 120.6 (3rd)
  • Points allowed per game: 117.0 (22nd)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.2 (9th)
  • Assists per game: 26.7 (14th)
  • FG%: 49.0 (7th)
  • 3PT%: 37.7 (8th)

New Orleans Pelicans team stats

The New Orleans Pelicans, with a record of 44-28, are currently ranked 5th in the Western Conference. New Orleans is 7-3 over the last 10 games. On Tuesday, the club lost 119-112 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here are the season stats for the Pelicans:

  • Points per game: 115.7 (13th)
  • Points allowed per game: 110.5 (8th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.4 (7th)
  • Assists per game: 27.1 (11th)
  • FG%: 48.9 (8th)
  • 3PT%: 38.0 (6th)

Player stats for Bucks vs. Pelicans

Milwaukee Bucks leaders before tonight’s game

Here are the top Bucks players from their double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF): 29 PTS, 21 RBS, 11 ASTS
  • Damian Lillard (PG): 27 PTS, 5 RBS, 8 ASTS
  • Malik Beasley (SG): 21 PTS, 3 RBS, 1 AST
  • Bobby Portis (PF): 18 PTS, 13 RBS, 0 ASTS
  • Khris Middleton (SF): 12 PTS, 6 RBS, 7 ASTS

After losing to the Pelicans, the Bucks play the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Here are the top five Milwaukee players based on current season stats:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF): 30.6 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 6.4 APG
  • Damian Lillard (PG): 24.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.1 APG
  • Khris Middleton (SF): 15.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Bobby Portis (PF): 13.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.2 APG
  • Brook Lopez (C): 12.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.7 APG

New Orleans Pelicans leaders before tonight’s game

Here are the top five players for the Pelicans according to Tuesday’s loss against Oklahoma City:

  • Zion Williamson (PF): 29 PTS, 5 RBS, 10 ASTS
  • CJ McCollum (PG): 23 PTS, 6 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Trey Murphy III (SF): 16 PTS, 6 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Herbert Jones (SF): 16 PTS, 2 RBS, 1 AST
  • Jose Alvarado (PG): 8 PTS, 3 RBS, 3 ASTS

Here are New Orleans’ season leaders based on each player’s performance this year:

  • Zion Williamson (PF): 22.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Brandon Ingram (SF): 20.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.8 APG
  • CJ McCollum (PG): 18.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.4 APG
  • Trey Murphy III (SF): 14.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Jonas Valanciunas (C): 12.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 APG
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