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Bucks Seek Consistency in Busy Week of Basketball

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The Milwaukee Bucks enter the penultimate full week of the season with a 52-18 record, coming off an up and down week that featured the news of Malcolm Brogdon’s injury, an exhilarating 23-point comeback against the Heat, and a dramatic loss against the 76ers that saw Giannis put up a career-high 52 points.

On paper, this four-game week looks to be pretty light, but for a team that has lost twice to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns, I’m hesitant to write anything off as an easy win. Ideally, the Bucks will open big leads early, allowing Giannis to get some much-needed rest before the playoffs.

Let’s take a look at the match-ups.

Game 1: Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (31-39)

When: Tuesday, March 19 @ 7pm CT

Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

Tune in: NBA TV, Fox Sports Wisconsin

Why watch this one: DJ Wilson

With Giannis and several others out, this will be DJ Wilson’s chance to shine. Ersan Ilyasova, his main competition for minutes, will also likely see a minutes bump, but this time it certainly won’t affect DJ’s load.

Game 2: Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (17-53)

When: Wednesday, March 20 @ 6pm CT

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Tune in: Fox Sports Wisconsin

Why watch this one: This game does not jump off the paper as a particularly fascinating one, but it will be interesting to see how Eric Bledsoe matches-up against fiery rookie Collin Sexton. In the Cavs last five games, Sexton has averaged 26.4 points per game on a remarkable 55.7-51.5-89.5 shooting split. Eric Bledsoe has put on some great displays of defense against some of the best point guards in the league and there is no reason to believe he won’t be up to the challenge for this match-up.

Game 3: Bucks vs. Miami Heat (33-36)

When: Friday, March 22 @ 7:30pm CT

Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

Tune in: Fox Sports Wisconsin

Why watch this one: One week after their historic, 23-point comeback, the Bucks will face the Heat again, this time in the warm confines of the Fiserv Forum. The Heat will undoubtedly be chomping at the bit to avenge their painful loss with authority.

If the season ended today, these two teams would be matching-up in the first round of the playoffs. Although things could dramatically change before, the potential that these teams could square off in the postseason will have both teams looking to make a statement.

Game 4: Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (17-53)

When: Sunday, March 24 @ 3:30pm CT

Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

Tune in: Fox Sports Wisconsin

Why watch this one: The Bucks will face the rebuilding Cavs once again, but before you book your Sunday afternoon with anything other than Bucks’ basketball, remember that Milwaukee is fortunate enough to employ the world’s most exciting basketball player and that the Cavs defense has a better chance of making the playoffs this season than effectively guarding Giannis. The last time Giannis faced these Cavs, he put on a dunkfest and equaled his then career-high 44 points. It is reasonable to assume more of the same will be present on Sunday.

The Bucks look to stay healthy and maintain their league-best record during a four-game week against some of the NBA’s weaker competition, that will nonetheless present some intriguing match-ups.

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