Pick #3: Brook Lopez o12.5 PA (-120 BetMGM)

**Brook Lopez Set to Thrive Against the Washington Wizards**

In Tuesday's NBA showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards, all eyes will be on Brook Lopez as he looks to shine on the hardwood. With a favorable matchup against the Wizards, Lopez is poised to surpass the combined points and assists line of 12.5, making him an enticing pick for bettors.

Lopez enters the game with the Bucks facing a Wizards team that is struggling. The Bucks will also be without star guard Damian Lillard, opening up more offensive opportunities. Additionally, key players for the Bucks, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, are listed as questionable, potentially opening up even more opportunities for Lopez to make an impact on the offensive end. Without Lillard commanding attention on defense, Lopez should find ample space to operate and contribute to the Bucks' scoring efforts.

One key factor that could work in Lopez's favor is his superior physicality inside the painted area. If Bucks head coach Doc Rivers identifies this advantageous matchup, he will likely look to exploit Lopez's presence in the low post, where the Wizards have struggled to defend against opposing big men throughout the season.

Looking at Lopez's recent performances against the Wizards provides further encouragement for bettors. In the last five matchups against Washington, Lopez has put up impressive scoring numbers, including 21, 15, 20, 16, and 39 points, showcasing his ability to capitalize on favorable matchups against the Wizards' defense.

While Lopez may have been quieter in recent games, this matchup presents an excellent opportunity for him to break out and deliver a standout performance. With his points line set at 11.5 and his assists line at 1.5, there's added value for bettors, as Lopez may only need to exceed one of these thresholds to cover the combined points and assists line of 12.5.

As the Bucks and Wizards prepare to square off, bettors should keep a close eye on Brook Lopez, who is primed to exploit the favorable matchup and surpass expectations in Tuesday's NBA action.