The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Ohio to face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final game of their four-game road stand. Both teams have momentum on their side after the Bucks took care of business against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, 144-122.
The Cavs, on the other hand, marked their second straight win on Wednesday, taking down the red-hot Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
The bad news for Cleveland, however, is that their stars are dealing with respective injuries ahead of Friday’s showdown.
Donovan Mitchell in Danger of Sitting Out Vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Mitchell is in danger of missing his fifth straight game with an illness. The four-time All-Star took part in Wednesday’s morning shootaround before the Mavs game, but he was eventually ruled out of the contest.
This could be the case again for Mitchell on Friday, with the Cavs likely making their decision on his playing status just hours before tip-off.
Cavs Could Be Extremely Shorthanded
Even if Mitchell is eventually able to play through his illness, the Cavs will still be extremely shorthanded when they host Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co.
Darius Garland is dealing with a fractured jaw that will force him to sit out several weeks, while Evan Mobley remains out as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Ricky Rubio is still away from the team, while Ty Jerome is out with an ankle sprain. Former Bucks shooting guard Sam Merrill is also questionable to play with a wrist sprain.
It goes without saying that the Cavs will be at a real disadvantage against the Bucks on Friday.
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