Milwaukee Bucks Monday is Here!
The 9-4 Milwaukee Bucks take on the 2-10 Washington Wizards on the road Monday Night. Since the 2020-2021 season the Bucks have a winning percentage of over 70%. (Hence the new nickname “Milwaukee Bucks Monday”) Game time is 6:00 CST. (Tuesdays have been even better!)
The Bucks are on a quest to win this year’s NBA Championship and are currently the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Washington is currently last in the East. The Wizards won one NBA Championship in 1978. They used to be called the Bullets. This has all the “vibes” of a trap game for Milwaukee.
Get ready for Wednesday Night- Bucks vs Celtics in Boston!
Bucks Records per day since 2021-22 :
Monday : 18-7 (0.720)
Tuesday : 20-0‼️ (1.000)
Wednesday : 25-8 (0.758)
Thursday: 12-9 (0.571)
Friday: 19-10 (0.655)
Saturday : 14-14 (0.500)
Sunday : 10-11 (0.476)
— Bucks Muse (@BucksMuse) November 20, 2023
Milwaukee Bucks keys
Time to show off the depth
Only two Milwaukee Buck players average over thirty minutes a game- you guessed it Dame and Giannis. That is a really good thing because the NBA regular season can be quite a grind.
Tonight is another one of those games that if you can keep your starters into “limited minutes” it only helps long-term.
Robin Lopez has not played a ton yet this year. His twin brother Brook has (27.9 minutes a game). Let’s hope the Bucks can flip the script there. The Wizards have a decent center in Daniel Gafford. But Robin could give him fits and times since he is slightly taller.
AJ Green has looked good in spurts this season. It’d be nice to see him get some playing time tonight (15+ minutes). Right now he has only played in seven games and is averaging around 8 minutes per game. He is shooting over 43% from three.
The Bucks need some strong bench minutes tonight.
Sometimes I get on Bucks Twitter and love it and other times I question our species existence
— 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐬 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 (@Bucks_Take) November 19, 2023
Keep shooting the three
The Bucks average 38 three point attempts a game. (Washington averages 35 per game) The Bucks and their offense is really picking up steam. Lillard is starting to prove what an awesome addition he was in the offseason. Milwaukee is 5th in the NBA right now in team three point shooting percentage.
How about a Lillard 9-12 from three?!
Pad the stats
This is an NBA regular season game and the show must go on. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the team’s leading scorer at 29.3 per game. Why not just shoot and shoot and shoot and score a quick 40 tonight?
Bobby Portis is only averaging 12 a game. Why not put up a quick 25 points to really help pad those stats?
It is hard to blame the Bucks for thinking that way against what has seemed to be so far a pretty inferior, non-defensive minded team.
The Opponent: The Washington Wizards
The Wizards are in rebuild mode. After having traded Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis the team signaled the team plans to acquire draft picks and try to be great in the 2027 season.
Daniel Gafford and Kyle Kuzma remain. Kuzma (23.5 points per game) will be the subject of plenty of trade rumors around the NBA trade deadline. Kuzma leads the team in scoring.
Milwaukee Native Jordan Poole was added in the offseason for point guard Chris Paul. Poole can score and is second on the team, averaging 15.5 points per game.
Tyus Jones is also on this squad. The gritty point guard leads the team in assists.
Deni Avdija is an interesting player. Now a starter, the former first round pick is averaging over 13 a game. He is lean and plays as big as his 6’9” frame.
The Wizards don’t really have a ton of depth. Corey Kispert has been playing a lot off the bench. The 24 yr old 1st round pick averages 10 points a game.
Johnny Davis from the Badgers is also on their roster. He is listed as a game time decision for tonight’s game.
Things to tell your buddies as you are watching the game
- The Wizards were the Bullets for forever. They rebranded in 1997.
- Washington is only 1-4 at home so far this year. They are really struggling on defense and give up over 122 points a game.
- Depending on your perspective, you can make a line to the Wizards as being part of the original eight NBA teams.
- Michael Jordan played two seasons for the Wizards.
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