The Milwaukee Bucks kept their steady upward path with an impressive 116-109 win on the road over the Houston Rockets.

This was a back-and-forth contest that featured plenty of offense from both sides with stars shinning out in the process. Although the Rockets fell in the contest, it was clear a game that saw James Harden pour in the best bet performance as he notched a game-high 42 points on 13-of-30 shooting from the floor including 6-of-16 from beyond the arc.

It may not have been the most efficient shooting performance, but it was yet another contest that put on display his dominant scoring ability. Harden was effective in the paint going 5-of-9 while he hit a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the arc, right wing, and right corner in the contest.

Harden has been without a doubt the most productive scorer in the league over the last several weeks. In fact, he has become the first player to nail five or more 3-pointers in 11 straight games while he tied Tracy McGrady for the second-best franchise mark with 14 games with at least 30 points scored.

Harden has simply become a guarantee each night the Rockets play that he will have a huge performance that Hoopit users can bank on. He not only has made a strong case for the MVP award but also as being the most dependable betting option in the league that users can rely on no matter the matchup or situation.

This will remain the case for the rest of the year that should see plenty more scoring the away with him putting up big offensive showings along the way.

Meanwhile, it also saw All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo pour in a strong effort of his own with a team-high 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor. Granted much of his scoring came from the free throw line where he went 11-of-14 in the contest, Antetokounmpo has been a huge offensive factor this year.

He had all of his scoring production from inside the paint where he has continued to prove to be an unstoppable player that has fueled yet another MVP-caliber campaign. He is currently averaging 26.6 points on 58.1 percent shooting from the floor. His offensive production along with shot selection coming primarily in the paint makes him one of the top betting options in the league.

Antetokounmpo will continue to have major performances like this ahead of him this year where he pours in huge outings while being highly efficient in the paint in the process. Hoopit users can mark it down each time that he takes the floor that he will be a huge betting asset in the paint.

Meanwhile, guard Malcolm Brogdon poured in a strong outing with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. Brogdon also had all of his production in the paint in the contest. He has been a consistent scoring option behind Antetokounmpo. Brogdon has picked it up as of late with back-to-back 20 point performances and should be a reliable scoring option moving forward.

Written by: Matt Rotondo

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