[8:10 PM] Trail Blazers @ Bucks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Portland Trail Blazers (12-10)

@ Milwaukee Bucks (10-9)


The line for this game is Bucks by 1.5 points.

The Portland Trail Blazers are starting to roll while discovering some balance on the offensive end and will go for their fourth straight win when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks in the second of a five-game road trip on Wednesday. The Trail Blazers leaned heavily on the scoring prowess of point guard Damian Lillard early and started to fall off when defenses adjusted, and more scoring options of late is putting them back in the win column.

Portland’s strong play over the last few games includes a resurgence from reserve guard Allen Crabbe. The Trail Blazers signed Crabbe to a four-year, $75 million contract extension over the summer but watched him score in double figures just four times in the first 12 games in November. The Cal product broke out of the funk with 15 points in a win over Indiana to close out November and scored 16 against Miami on Saturday before going one better with 17 points, five rebounds and two steals in Monday’s triumph.

Milwaukee small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the star of the team and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Antetokounmpo battled foul trouble and was forced to sit most of the fourth quarter on Monday but still finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth game this season with at least a double-double.

Trail Blazers SF Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to the lineup after a 13-game absence on Monday and delivered three points on 1-of-3 shooting in 17 minutes.

Bucks swingman Tony Snell is 6-of-28 from 3-point range in the last five games.

The teams split two meetings last season, with Milwaukee earning a 90-88 win on its home floor


StreakSmarts Pick: Milwaukee Bucks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick