Two contending teams both sitting in third place in their conference look to take another step forward in a duel in the Staples Center.
The Bucks in the last 10 games are 8-2 while averaging 120 points a game. Doing this while shooting over 48% from the field, collecting nearly 50 rebounds a game, and 25 assists.
Coming off a close loss to the Knicks the Bucks had just 8 players available and one starter play in Brook Lopez. The Bucks had 3 players record double-doubles. Jordan Nwora, Brook Lopez, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Short Handed Again?
The Bucks will be without multiple players yet again as PJ Tucker(Calf), Rodions Kurucs(Abdominal), Bobby Portis(Health), and Khris Middleton(Hip) are all out.
Jrue Holiday(Knee), Giannis Antetokounmpo(Knee), and Donte DiVincenzo(Foot) are all day to day.
Clippers Star Power
Clippers stars Paul George and Kwahi Leonard are a tough match up no matter who is playing, but for a short handed Bucks team their star power and experience could be a problem for the Bucks.
Luckily for the Bucks, the Clippers will be without Patrick Beverley, Serge Ibaka, and newly acquired guard Rajon Rondo.
Records: Bucks(27-14) Clippers(31-16)
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Time: 9:00pm Central
Line: Clippers -2.5 over/under 231.5
Bucks’ Keys to Victory
The key to success for the Bucks is going to be to find enough players to play tonight. In seriousness though the Bucks even short handed showed they can be competitive. Hopefully, they get Giannis, Jrue and Donte back, but even if they don’t look for Thanasis and Jordan Nwora to step up again and make an impact.
Prediction: Clippers win 121 – 114
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