The Milwaukee Bucks have swept the Sacramento Kings in their season series for six consecutive years. They aim for seven-straight tomorrow, but note that this is a much-improved and currently hot Sacramento Kings team.
Catch the game tomorrow at 10:00 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Sacramento Kings (40-26, 21-13 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- De’Aaron Fox
- Kevin Huerter
- Harrison Barnes
- Keegan Murray
- Domantas Sabonis
The Kings are streaking, undoubtedly the hottest squad in the NBA right now. They enter as winners in eight of their last nine games, and true to their top-ranked offense, they are racking up 132.3 points per game in that span with a +6.5 net rating.
That said, there’s a bit of a concern with the All-Stars, De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. The two fared very differently during last December’s 126-113 loss to the Bucks, with Sabonis having a usual all-around night of 23 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, and Fox providing a dud with 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting. The two, however, are on a roll for most of the season, so we’ll if both can showcase that rhythm tomorrow.
Hopefully, the other starters can step up as well, especially rookie Keegan Murray, who was non-existent in Sunday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, where he went 0-for-3 with three fouls in 15 minutes.
Sactown is 7-2 in its last nine games ATS.
AWAY: Milwaukee Bucks (48-19, 20-13 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- Jrue Holiday
- Grayson Allen
- Khris Middleton
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (day-to-day) / Bobby Portis
- Brook Lopez
The Bucks look to get back in the win column after their frustrating 123-116 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors, where inability to take care of the ball caused them a victory. All in all, however, they continued to play competitive even with their MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, sidelined. They are 9-6 on the season when the Greek Freak is absent.
Giannis is still day-to-day and will be a game-time decision for tomorrow. Either way, Milwaukee is loaded with plenty of weapons – Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Defensive Player of the Year candidate Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis. Holiday, who had 31 points in the aforementioned win over the Kings, and Middleton are proven performers, but anyone of them can be the main option, even role players Grayson Allen and Pat Connaughton.
The Bucks are averaging 115.9 PPG this season, and 122.7 PPG in the last three which Giannis missed. The team is also 9-1 in their last nine games on the road ATS.
Handicap: The Bucks (-1.5) win and cover the spread.
Over/Under: These are two of the most high-octane offenses in the league. The total should hit the over (239.5).