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The Milwaukee Bucks have continued to push forward as arguably the best team in the league. The Bucks are coming off their fifth straight win by edging out the Boston Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets have stayed around the .500 mark on the season. The Nets are heading into the contest after a double-digit loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bucks looking to keep it rolling on the roadComing off a season that ended in a disappointing manner in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks have responded by putting forth a highly productive campaign that has seen them race to best mark in the NBA. They have had balanced play across the board from their core group that is led by the highly encouraging play from reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as he's putting together a year that is topping what he put forth last year that has seen him put career highs across the board as he's currently second in the league with 30.1 points along with being 12.9 rebounds along with 5.5 assists while shooting 55.2 percent shooting from the floor on 30.8 minutes per contest.
Antetokounmpo has seen improvement across the board aside from his free throw woes as he's become a more efficient shooter from beyond the arc as he's shooting 32.4 percent from distance. He has tallied more than 30 points in 30 minutes or less on the floor, which has surpassed Stephen Curry for that feat in a single season. His play is unmatched at this juncture this season that should be more than enough to lift the bucks to a win on the road against a struggling Nets team. Antetokounmpo is playing like the MVP once again while his team is still the highest-scoring team in the league notching 119.6 points per contest that should lift them to a win.
Nets needs their backcourt to head the chargeIt has been a tough season for the Nets to push their way forward to find any type of consistency. A large chunk of that has come due to their struggles with injuries that have put them behind the eight ball. The team has had their issues in finding their footing on the court that have pushed them in the wrong direction on the floor at times. The Nets have started to work their way back in the right path with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving finally making his way on the floor after being out of action for nearly two months because of a nagging shoulder injury. In his first three games back, Irving has been productive as it has seen notch a pair of 20-point outings, including a double-double.
The Nets will need Irving to play a big factor offensively as the team needs him to head the charge as one of their most dependable scoring options on the floor. Meanwhile, that will need point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to continue to be a highly productive scorer and playmaker with the ball in his hands, even with Irving back in the fold. When he was out of the mix, Dinwiddie was Brooklyn's most dependable factor on the floor as he led the team with 22.1 points and 6.5 assists per contest. He is coming off a highly productive performance as he had 26 points in the loss to the 76ers, which need to see that type of production from their talented backcourt to have a chance to move past Milwaukee on their home floor.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are:
- Brooklyn is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games.
- Brooklyn is 2-4 ATS in their last six games at home.
- Milwaukee is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Brooklyn.
- Milwaukee is 8-1 ATS in their last nine games played on a Saturday.
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This should be one of the more entertaining games to watch on the docket on Saturday that will bring out some exciting play from both sides. The Nets are moving towards being near at full strength sans Kevin Durant. That should see Irving bring out his best in the contest while it will be the Bucks overall balance that proves to be too much for the Nets to handle. There is a reason that they hold the best record in the NBA and that should out yet again in what should be them cruising to their sixth straight win against a team that is still trying to find themselves.
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It's also a contest that should see plenty of scoring from the Bucks setting the tone in the contest. They have been the league's highest-scoring team for a strong reason led by the stellar play from Antetokounmpo. He has been their driving force on the court averaging north of 30 points a night despite playing just over 30 minutes a game. Scoring will be the theme with their balanced attack showing out while Irving and Dinwiddie will be the leading scoring factors for the Nets. All of this just paints the picture a game that dictated by their respective offenses.