This should feature an entertaining back-and-forth as two of the league’s current top scorers this season will face-off. Giannis Antetonkounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks are aiming for a season series sweep. They won the first meeting, 119-111, with Giannis powering for 37 points.
Catch the game tomorrow at 11:00 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Portland Trail Blazers (26-27, 14-11 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- Damian Lillard
- Anfernee Simons
- Josh Hart
- Jerami Grant
- Drew Eubanks
The Blazers will be looking to jump back into the win column as they fell to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, 129-121, ending their three-game winning streak. They should still have a healthy amount of confidence, though, given that it’s only their second loss in seven games. They are scoring 126 points per game in that span.
Also, it’s that time of the year where All-Star Damian Lillard is going nuclear on defenses. Over this last 13 games, the 32-year-old is erupting for 38.4 points and 7.5 assists while also boasting an efficient shooting split of 52.7%/39.9%/95.5%. In that stretch, he’s had a 60 and 50-point explosions alongside five separate 40-plus point games. Tomorrow’s matchup with defensive guard Jrue Holiday ought to be fun.
Anfernee Simons, meanwhile, is on a good scoring spurt of his own. He’s at 26.8 PPG on a 58.2% shooting in his last four. Expect him to continue gunning for more.
Portland is 3-7 ATS following a loss but 7-2 ATS in their last Tuesday games, so take your pick.
AWAY: Milwaukee Bucks (36-17, 13-12 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- Jrue Holiday
- Grayson Allen
- Pat Connaughton
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Brook Lopez
The Bucks are coming in hot. They have now collected seven straight victories, averaging 126.6 PPG with an average winning margin of 11.6 points. While they’re at it, they are also limiting opponents to just 44.1% shooting.
As always, The Greek Freak will be the man to watch out for. He’s dismantling defenses left and right, and has posted three 50-point performances in his last 11 games, including 43.3 PPG on 63% shooting in his last four. No one should be surprised if he has another 50-piece tomorrow.
Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez could be in for a solid supporting game yet again. The former had 17 points and three steals in the prior meeting with the Blazers, while the latter added 14 points and five blocks. Grayson Allen was nice too, chipping in 17 on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Handicap: The Bucks (-4) will extend their winning streak but fail to cover the spread.
Over/Under: These are two capable offenses. The over 239.5 looks appealing.