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Bucks Set for First Full Week of Regular Season

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The Bucks embark on their first full week of 2018-19 NBA basketball this week. Here’s what’s in store:

Monday – 10/22 – vs. Knicks (1-2)

Wednesday – 10/24 – vs. 76ers (2-1)

Friday – 10/26 – @ Minnesota (1-2)

Saturday – 10/27 – vs. Orlando (1-2)

The Bucks are off to their best start since 2012-13, having defeated Charlotte and Indiana in their first two games. This week, their schedule is a bit more grueling, playing four games within six days. The schedule alone doesn’t tell the full story. First up on Monday are the Knicks, who will be without Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), Kevin Knox (ankle) and of course, Kristaps Porzingis (ACL rehab). New York opened the season with a win against Atlanta but have dropped back-to-back games against Brooklyn and Boston since. Their second loss was a rather unexpected close one against the Celtics on Saturday, losing by a mere two points. The Bucks should have no problem here, but don’t sleep on the Knicks.

Wednesday night, the Bucks face fellow Eastern conference contending Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are currently 2-1 after edging out Orlando 116-115. They dropped their opener against Boston quite miserably, but Philly promises to give the Bucks quite a battle. This game will be a must-see on ESPN!

Friday, the Bucks to Minnesota for a border battle against the the Timberwolves which will be their only road game of the week. The Timberwolves have started 1-2 and are allowing an atrocious 125 points per game, including 140 against the Dallas Mavericks— which they scored 136 to their own credit. The Bucks defense will need to clamp down on the Wolves to prevent another shooting contest.

The Bucks will then return home to play the Orlando Magic on Saturday to close out the week. Even though it’s Orlando, this should be a tough battle as this will be their first back-to back set of the season and it will end a week where they’re playing four teams.

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About Bob Holland

Bob was born & raised in Milwaukee, and has been following the Bucks since their first season. He's the father of two teenage boys that are also diehard basketball fans.

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