The Houston Rockets face the Milwaukee Bucks on the road on Saturday, October 22. The Rockets fell on the road 107-117 to the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night to start the season 0-2, while the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-88 in their only game of the season.
The Bucks are led by two-time MVP Giannis Antetomounmpo, widely regarded as the best player in the world, and are one of the favorites to win the championship after failing to defend their throne last season. These are the odds, injury reports, and starters for the Rockets vs Bucks' October 22 matchup.
Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks odds
Wynnbet has the Rockets as +13 underdogs against the Bucks. The over/under for total points is 228.0 points. The Rockets' over/under for points is 107.5, and the Bucks’ over/under for points is 120.5. ESPN analytics gives the Bucks an 85.4% chance to win the game.
Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks injury report
Jae'Sean Tate and TyTy Washington are listed as out again after missing the first two games. Tate is dealing with an ankle injury, and Washington has been dealing with a sprained knee.
Bruno Fernando was added to the injury report with a sore left knee, and Eric Gordon will be out for maintenance on his right groin.
The Bucks are down two key players, Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton. Middleton is recovering from an offseason wrist injury, and Connaughton is missing with a calf strain. Joe Ingles is also listed on the injury report as he recovers from an ACL tear sustained last season.
Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee Bucks starters
The Bucks started Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Jevon Carter, and Grayson Allen against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Rockets started Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Eric Gordon, Jabari Smith Jr., and Bruno Fernando against the Grizzlies. With both Fernando and Gordon out, it’s expected that Alperen Sengun will take the starting center duties.
The options to fill Gordon’s spot at small forward are plentiful. The Rockets could opt for Kenyon Martin Jr., Tari Eason, or Garrison Mathews. It’s most likely that Martin gets the nod as he has averaged the most minutes in the first two games, and his vertical leaping ability could help protect the rim in Fernando’s absence.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.