Good morning. The day is January 4th of 2019 and the Milwaukee Bucks are 26-10. What a time to be alive. They welcome the 11-26 Atlanta Hawks for some Friday night basketball tonight at the Fiserv Forum. BAWKS!
Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently wanted for murder. Here’s the evidence from the crime in the Bucks’ 121-98 victory in their last game versus the Detroit Pistons.
He finished with 15 points 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocked shots in 26 minutes. It was Brook Lopez who stole the show, however. Splash Mountain hit 7-of-12 three-pointers and finished with 25 points while finishing plus-16. Khris Middleton scored 22 and Eric Bledsoe had 18 points.
Brook Lopez has evolved into a 7’0” Klay Thompson. pic.twitter.com/0uIljQzzy8— David Astramskas (@redapples) January 2, 2019
The Bucks will be without Ersan Ilyasova as he continues to recover from a broken nose. However, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucks ended up resting a starter or two on an eve of a back-to-back.
Player to Watch: Sterling Brown
This will be a good opportunity for Brown to showcase a bit in a game that will most likely finish in a convincing Bucks win. I forecast some heavy burn for him tonight.
Atlanta got off on the wrong foot to start the season, but head coach Lloyd Pierce has them playing better basketball of late despite their record.
The Hawks are coming off of a 114-98 road loss to the Washington Wizards. They were led by talented big man John Collins who finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Rookie sensation Trae Young was limited to 5 points and 9 assists while finishing minus-19. Believe it or not, Alex Len came off the bench and made 11-of-19 shots for 24 points. 2019!!!
The Atlanta Hawks will be without two key pieces for today’s game.
Player to Watch: John Collins
Wow, is he gifted or what? He’s still putting his game together, but he’s one of the highest flying big men in the NBA. He’s always a threat for at least one monster jam per-game. John Collins is fun to watch.
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