The Milwaukee Bucks host the visiting Denver Nuggets on Monday night in the Fiserv Forum. These two teams met 8-days ago in the Mile High city where the Bucks stole a 121-114 victory. It’s not easy winning in Denver, people.
The Bucks are coming off of a win against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, where they turned an 18-point halftime deficit into a 123-104 throttling. Tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets will be a stiff challenge for head coach Mike Budenholzer and the Milwaukee Bucks. It is extremely difficult to beat the same team in such a short window. However, when these two teams meet up, the scoreboard is guaranteed to be lit up with points. Strap in, folks.
Bucks forward John Henson is out 12+ weeks with a ligament tear in his wrist, and rookie Donte DiVincenzo is also out as he continues to nurse a sore quad.
Player to Watch: Brook Lopez
“Splash Mountain” himself knocked down 8-of-13 three-pointers and poured in 28 points last time the Bucks played the Nuggets. He made life impossible for big man Nikola Jokic on both ends of the floor. It will be interesting to see how Lopez fares against Jokic tonight.
The Denver Nuggets have lost 5-of-6 games with their last win coming against the Atlanta Hawks last Thursday. The Nuggets hold a 3-3 record on the road and are a much better team when playing at the Pepsi Center (7-3). The Nuggets have the 8th best ORtg in the NBA (111.8) and the 6th best DRtg (105.3). Not only can they put up points in a hurry, but they defend very well as a team. Head coach Michael Malone has done a great job of changing the culture in Denver since he took over as head coach in 2015.
Player to Watch: Jamal Murray
He only scored 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting when the Nuggets played the Bucks last weekend, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Nuggets tried to get him involved early and often tonight. For the season, he’s averaging 17.1 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game while shooting 43.3% from the floor and 28.9% from deep, It’s only a matter of time before he blows up.
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