2021-04-07
Milwaukee Bucks
Golden State Warriors
League : NBA

Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction & Preview



 

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The Golden State Warriors host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Chase Center in Oakland, California, Tuesday night at 10 pm EST. Currently, the Bucks are 6.5-point favorites while the total stands at 233.5-points, up from 232.5 at the opening.

The Bucks enter this contest on a 3-game win streak despite being without their leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo, as they took out the Sacramento Kings last Saturday by a point. The team was able to get solid efforts from Jrue Holiday along with Donte DiVincenzo, who each posted double-doubles, in addition to center Brook Lopez, who posted 26 points while racking up 2 blocks in the victory. And while Milwaukee was able to convert on 50% of their shots for the contest, the Bucks' defense deviated from recent outings allowing 49% shooting to Sacramento while giving up 17 3-pointers. They also halted a 2-game win streak versus the number failing to cover as 3-point favorites (2-5 ATS in last 7).

The Warriors dropped their 3rd-straight after falling on the road to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night by 6 as they allowed the Hawks to pull away in the final period outscoring them by a 38-29 margin after the home team took a 3-point lead into the 4th. And while Golden State was able to hold Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovich to a combined 6-21 shooting along with 3-10 from deep for 13 and 10 points, Clint Capella along with reserve Danillo Gallinari beasted out with 24 and 25 points. On the other hand, the Warriors shot 47% in the loss while getting 37 from Steph Curry; however, it should be mentioned that the guard also accounted for 8 of the team's 16 turnovers while finishing just 3-12 from long-range. Golden State failed to cover as 1.5-point dogs for the contest and are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games.

The Bucks have picked up wins in 4 of the last 5 meetings, including 3-straight at the Chase Center. Milwaukee has a slight advantage ATS as well going 6-4 in their last 10 matchups versus the Warriors while covering in 3 of their last 5 on the road.

 

Antetokounmpo remains a question mark

Antetokounmpo did not play in the 2nd of a back-to-back versus the Kings due to knee soreness; however, Holiday was able to continue his red-hot play on both ends of the court averaging just under 30 points per in his last 4 outings (2 double-doubles). On the other hand, he has also inspired the team on the defensive end racking up 3 blocks along with 10 steals during this time. Khris Middleton has struggled of late posting just under 17 points in his last 4, yet, DiVincenzo, Lopez, along with reserve Bobby Portis have each stepped up their level of play as Milwaukee continues to be in the running for the top spot within the Eastern Conference.

 

This matchup could very well be one where Middleton can arise from his current shooting slump as the forward posted 31 points while nailing 6 of 8 3-pointers in the team's 39-point home win over the Warriors last Christmas. Holiday along with Portis also posted double-digits on efficient shooting nights while DiVincenzo went 5-8 FG along with 3-5 from long-range for 13 points as the Bucks were red-hot throughout shooting 56% from the field as well as from deep.

On the other hand, Milwaukee's defense, which needs a much better effort than illustrated versus the Kings, can likely get back on track versus a Warriors team that shot only 34% while making just 10 of 45 3-pointers in December. Despite giving up 128 in their last outing, however, Milwaukee is allowing just 108 points during their current winning streak.

 

Curry leads the way in 3rd-straight loss

During the team's 3-game losing skid, the Warriors are averaging just 94-points. Curry has proven to be the only reliable offensive player during this time as well as throughout the year (when healthy) posting 30+ in 2 of their last 3 outings. Important to note that the guard did not suit up versus the Toronto Raptors on April 2nd. The result: The Warriors posted just 77-points in a 53-point road loss. Despite the defeat, Golden State remains in the playoff conversation being only 2.5-games out of the final spot currently held by the San Antonio Spurs.

 

And while Andrew Wiggins has remained a consistent 2nd option for the Warriors making 48% of his shots along with connecting on 40% of his treys, Kelly Ourbre, Jr., despite posting 20 versus the Hawks, has struggled throughout the year as his shooting percentages continue to dip (43% FG/31% 3FG). Draymond Green has continued to be a force on the defensive end, yet, has a total of 15 turnovers in his last 5 starts. In all, frustration has certainly settled in due to the team's lack of wins of late.

"You cannot play the way that we've played the last significant stretch and expect things to change," Curry told ESPN. "So it kind of is what it is. We got to make the necessary adjustments. It sucks right now. Losing sucks. It's a terrible feeling in the locker room. We don't really have much to smile about. And it's kind of the vibe right now."

Curry led with 19 while struggling from the floor in their loss to the Bucks last December while James Wiseman, who has posted single digits in 4 of his last 6 starts, finished with 18-points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Wiggins and Oubre, Jr., on the other hand, ended a combined 7-28 from the floor while missing all 9 of their attempts from long-distance.






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