Giannis Antetokunmpo and Steph Curry are set to meet in Milwaukee as the Warriors visit the Bucks for what should be an exciting game. Catch the game live at 8:30 AM (+8 GMT).
Away: Golden State Warriors (14-13, 2-11 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Jordan Poole
- SF: Klay Thompson
- PF: Draymond Green (day-to-day)
- C: Kevon Looney
The Golden State Warriors are coming off a huge 123-107 victory against the Boston Celtics, one that saw Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole combine for 86 points. More impressively, they did it without Andrew Wiggins, who continues to suffer from an abdominal injury that has kept him on the sidelines for a few games.
Wiggins again be unavailable for the game in Milwaukee, which removes one of their reliable two-way options against a team like the Bucks. With Draymond Green also listed as day-to-day, it may be a hard day in the paint for the Warriors, who will not have that many bodies to throw at Giannis Antekounmpo. This game will be a big test for them because they still have an atrocious away record of 2-11, which has been balanced by their 12-2 record at home.
The Warriors split their season series against the Bucks last year 1-1, and their leading was Thompson, who averaged 24.5 points in those two outings. Poole came second with 19.5 points, and Curry only averaged 10 points against Milwaukee. If there was a game where they’ll need all three to score big, this is the one.
Home: Milwaukee Bucks (19-7, 12-3 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jrue Holiday (day-to-day)
- SG: Grayson Allen
- SF: Khris Middleton (day-to-day)
- PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- C: Brook Lopez
Like the Warriors, the Bucks have an extremely strong record at home at 12-3. Milwaukee are entering this coming coming off as surprise 97-92 away loss to the Houston Rockets, and will be itching to get back on the winning track in front of their home fans. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds in that game, while Jrue Holiday led the scoring for them with 25 points.
Khris Middleton only played in six minutes in that game, and though he’s listed as probable for the game against the Warriors, we’ll need to see how effective he’ll be. Holiday is also listed as day-to-day, and his defense is going to be sorely needed against the Warriors’ backcourt.
However, the absence of Andrew Wiggins will be a boon for Antetokounmpo, who operates best when given the space to attack the rim and distribute the ball when defenders start to double or triple team him.
Spread: The Bucks look good to cover -4.5
Over/Under: I like the under 229.5