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Streaking Bucks Shift Focus To Jokic and Nuggets

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The Bucks are rolling, and that might be an understatement. Tuesday night, the Eastern Conference leaders put on a show against the Washington Wizards, breaking a franchise record for most points in a single half with 88. With Giannis sidelined due to shoulder soreness — also still mourning the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant — Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe put on a show. 

Middleton finished with a career-high 51 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists. The 2020 NBA All-Star made seven of his ten three-point attempts, moving his season averages into the vaunted 50-40-90 club.

 

Eric Bledsoe joined the dominant Middleton, adding 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, including a 10-10 performance from the free-throw line. 

In addition to Middleton and Bledsoe, the Bucks got major contributions from Donte DiVincenzo to the tune of 16 points and seven rebounds. DiVincenzo also shot 3-5 from beyond the arc and provided the Bucks with an early spark against the seemingly lifeless Washington Wizards.

Moving on from the dominance of Tuesday night, the Bucks will host the Denver Nuggets tonight at Fiserv Forum. Heading into this matchup with the NBA Finals-hopeful Nuggets, the Bucks have ripped off nine straight wins. This feat is extremely impressive considering the team’s win streak of 18 ended less than two months ago.

During their most recent streak, the Milwaukee Bucks have won each contest — except one against Boston — by at least nine points. They’ve steamrolled five of those opponents by 20 points or more — simply dominant. More impressive than the win streak, the Bucks lead the league in point differential (+12.8) by more than five points over the next-best Lakers (+7.2).

 

When the Bucks take the floor against Denver on Friday, they’ll be searching for their 10th straight victory. Despite having to square off with an experienced and incredibly talented team to do so, this list of odds for tonight’s games has the Bucks favored by 11 points at home against the Jokic-led Nuggets.

This should be a favorable matchup for Milwaukee as they expect to get Giannis back from shoulder soreness and the Nuggets will be suiting up for the second game of a dreaded back-to-back, as they beat a scorching hot Utah Jazz team last night in the Mile-High City.

You can expect the Nuggets to attempt to slow down the pace against the Bucks — Denver plays at one of the slowest paces in the NBA (29th). The Nuggets rank just 25th in three-pointers made per game (10.5), but will likely take aim at dominating the offensive glass, as they rank 3rd in the league with more than 11 offensive rebounds per contest. Overall, it should be a competitive game and a chance for the Nuggets to prove their worth against the NBA’s most dominant team.

While the Lakers and the Clippers are favorites to win the Western Conference, NBA fans across the country might consider this Bucks vs. Nuggets matchup a potential NBA Finals preview. We’ll find out more tonight.

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