If you want to see two unicorns going at it, then you wouldn’t want to miss Wednesday’s matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets.
Catch this game live on Wednesday, March 3, at 10 AM, Manila time
HOME TEAM: Milwaukee Bucks (21-13, 14-4 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jrue Holiday
- SG: Donte DiVincenzo
- SF: Khris Middleton
- PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- C: Brook Lopez
The Bucks have recently frozen the rest of the league like a deer in the headlights, as Milwaukee extended its undefeated streak to five games after a huge 105-100 win at home against a legitimate title contender in the LA Clippers on Monday.
Giannis Antetokoumpo has turned it up a notch of late. The Greek Freak is averaging 29.2 points per game this season but has juiced up his offense even more of late, having averaged 35.6 points on 55.0 FG% in the last five Bucks games.
Antetokoumpo had his way against Denver’s defense in a 125-112 road win last month in Mile High City and also got ample scoring support from the Robin to his Batman in the form of Khris Middleton, who had 29 points on 9 of 16 shooting. Milwaukee’s fast pace troubled the Nuggets in the game.
The Bucks ran away with 18 fast break points to just five by the Nuggets, which makes sense because Milwaukee is sixth in the NBA in possessions per 48 minutes, while the Nuggets are only 28th (97.7).
Milwaukee has covered the spread in four of its last five home games.
ROAD TEAM: Denver Nuggets (19-15, 10-8 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Jamal Murray
- PG: Monte Morris
- SF: Michael Porter Jr.
- SF: Will Barton
- C: Nikola Jokic
It’s just laughable how Nikola Jokic is able to do the things he’s been doing this season. In Denver’s 118-112 road win over the Chicago Bulls last Tuesday, Jokic posted 39 points and 14 rebounds, while also being just an assist away from a triple-double.
You can expect Jokic to continue rolling like that this Wednesday against the Bucks, considering that the Serbian big man laid waste on Milwaukee’s defense in the January meeting between the two teams. In that game, Jokic had 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and shot 13 of 26 from the field.
Jamal Murray was the missing link for the Nuggets that time, as he scored just 11 points on a salty 4-of-17 shooting, but that can just be chucked up to a simple case of an off-night. Murray is definitely raring to rebound this time around, especially since he’s been on a groove of late. Murray has averaged 27.6 points on 52.2 FG% over the last five Denver games.
Denver has covered the spread in five of its last seven meetings with the Bucks.
This will be a high-scoring game with Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokonmpo trading blows. In the end, the Bucks will come away with a 123-120 win.