Tuesday NBA odds: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets

After missing the final two games before the All-Star Break with inflammation in his ankles, Nets star point guard Deron Williams will return for Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee. The Nets opened as 4.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds

Brooklyn enters the break off a 119-108 win over Denver. Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and C.J Watson added 25 points and a career-high five 3s. All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds and Kris Humphries chipped in 14 points for Brooklyn. The 119 points were a season high for the Nets. They also tied a season-high with 16 3-pointers.

Johnson had played in the past six All-Star Games but wasn’t chosen this year. Fifty-three games in, Johnson is shooting just 42.4 percent (his lowest percentage since 2002-03) while averaging 17.0 points (his lowest scoring average since 2004-05). While those numbers aren’t great, Johnson, who is earning $19.75 million this season, has hit some big shots.

Milwaukee beat Philadelphia 94-92 to close the first half. Monta Ellis had 27 points and Brandon Jennings 21. Samuel Dalembert had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who ended a four-game losing streak. With Larry Sanders, who leads the league with 3.2 blocked shots per game, still sidelined with a back injury, the Bucks failed to record a block in the first half for the second consecutive game. Milwaukee had 10 blocks in the second half. Sanders will be a game-time decision for this one.

The win marked the 10th time this season that the Bucks have won after rallying from a deficit of 10 or more. Milwaukee has a four-game lead over the 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Milwaukee has won the first two meetings this year and is on a 13-game winning streak against Brooklyn. In the first game, Milwaukee won 97-88 at Brooklyn. After starting the game up 11-2, not much went right for the Nets as the Bucks forced the Nets into a season-high 20 turnovers. Milwaukee was led on the offensive end by their two starting guards, Ellis, who recorded 24 points and five assists, and Jennings, who had a game-high 26 points and seven assists.

On Dec. 26 in Milwaukee, the Bucks won 108-93 in a game in which Williams sat out. While the Bucks shot 10-17 (58.8%) from three-point range, the Nets could not find the long ball as they shot 4 of 21 (19.0%) from deep. Jennings had a game-high 25 points and six assists. Lopez led the Nets with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

WagerWeb.com trends: Bucks are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn. Favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Bucks are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Brooklyn.

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