When and where: December 7, 2018, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI, 9:30 PM ET
The Golden State Warriors will try to make a statement on Friday night by knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks. Steph Curry’s return has seemingly brought the defending champion Warriors back from the dead, and they once again look like the juggernaut team that will likely represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals. They are coming off a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Bucks dominated the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Are the Warriors back?
The return of Curry has seemingly sparked the Warriors to consecutive lopsided wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Not that the Warriors even needed their star guard on the court to beat two of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams, but his presence on the floor has seemingly resurrected that enjoyable, Harlem Globetrotters-like brand of basketball from the Warriors.
Durant might be one of the top-four best players in the NBA, but there is no question that Curry is the beating heart of the Warriors’ success. They cease to be a championship team without the baby-faced assassin in the lineup. His return has seemingly reinvigorated a Warriors team that was bogged down by the media microscope in the aftermath of the infamous on-court argument between Durant and Draymond Green.
That all seems to be in the past now, and the Warriors are beginning to hit their stride. After leading the team with 30 points against the Hawks, Curry scored a team-high 42 points, nine rebounds and seven assists against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Can the Bucks beat the Warriors again?
The Bucks’ road win over the Warriors in early November has been one of the defining moments of their incredible run so far this season. Granted, the Warriors played without Draymond Green in that game, but they did have Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the Bucks from kicking down the doors at ORACLE Arena and blowing the defending champions out on their home floor.
The continued emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as one of the league’s best players, along with a strong complimentary roster, has turned the Bucks into a legitimate Eastern Conference contender. They could make another statement on Friday if they’re able to hold off a vengeful Warriors team looking to return the favor from the first game.
In Wednesday’s win over the Pistons, Eric Bledsoe contributed a team-high 27 points, three rebounds and four assists, while Antetokounmpo finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Khris Middleton missed the game reportedly for personal reasons, but he is expected to return to the lineup in time for the game against the Warriors.
- Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games
- Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after a ATS win
- Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in the previous game
- Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in the previous game
- Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 against teams in the NBA Central
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
- Over is 5-1 in Warriors last 6 games playing on 1 days rest
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