Two of the top teams from the East and West are set to tip off as the Milwaukee Bucks face the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season tomorrow at 4:30 AM live on One Sports.
Jrue Holiday is expected to return for the Bucks after 10 games of inactivity due to health and safety protocols. In that span, Milwaukee has won five times, falling into a 5-game losing skid before bouncing back to win the next four.
The team has learned to adjust to Holiday’s absence but his return would definitely be a welcome sight. Prior to his departure, he was averaging good numbers of 16.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
This season, former two-time All Star Khris Middleton seems to be overlooked. Middleton has been playing on an elite level, with averages of 20.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and a career-high 5.7 assists. He serves as a great complement to the team’s main man and reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
While the Bucks are protecting a four-game winning streak, the Clippers are just trying to get some momentum going.
LAC has been going up and down the standings with their odd win-loss pattern in the last 6 games. But their most recent matches have shown that this team is not just stacked with talent; they are filled with guys who are willing to learn and contribute.
The Clippers went against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and lost by 28 points (122-94). Kawhi Leonard and Paul George only combined for 30 points which was very unlikely for the superstar duo. The team shot 34-of-84 from the field (40.5%) and only made 12 from beyond the arc (35.3%).
The next day, the Clippers got their revenge and ended with a 20-point blowout win (119-99). Leonard almost doubled his production with his 30 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. The team had six other guys, including George, who scored in double figures.
The Clippers’ shooting from the 3-point line was practically the same, but their overall shooting shot up to 44-of-80 for a 55 percent clip. The team also missed only one free throw the whole game, making 17-of-18 from the line.
Will the Clippers make it two in a row when they visit Milwaukee? Or will the Bucks defend home court and extend their win streak to five games?