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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Preview: Black Friday Throwdown

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Will either team still be in a food coma?

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks look to keep on rolling, taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Black Friday special. This is the second meeting between the two teams with Milwaukee winning the first contest 129-112.

Bucks Update

It’s all good in the hood, Milwaukee is fresh off of a 111-102 win against the Atlanta Hawks and have won nine straight games. They haven’t always been pretty, but wins are wins and that’s what matters. Khris Middleton recently returned from injury and played 20 minutes on Wednesday, so it’ll be curious to see what the restrictions will be tonight. The injury report shows Sterling Brown (right AC joint sprain) and Kyle Korver (right elbow soreness) as out for this one, along with an under the weather Thanasis Antetokounmpo. George Hill will likely be a game time decision.

Bucks Player to watch: Donte DiVincenzo

With Middleton out injured, Donte stepped into the starting lineup and played really well, much to the delight of this writer. DiVincenzo was averaging 10.3/5.1/2.1 on 26.6 minutes per game during his time as a starter and was still doing stuff but in a positive way that helped the Bucks’ win streak. As Middleton gets back into the swing of things, Donte will still get the starting berth but might see his minutes reduced.

Cavaliers Update

The Cavaliers are trying, which is the best you can truly say at the moment. Cleveland has lost 9 of its last 10 games and are fresh off of a 116-104 loss to the Orlando Magic. As they try and continue to rebuild, the team is hoping to see signs of the team that had won three straight earlier in the month.

Cavaliers Player to watch: Collin Sexton

The second year guard out of Alabama was hoping to build off of an inconsistent rookie season. He’s still been taking his lumps while averaging 17.9 points per game but he hasn’t gotten his teammates involved that readily and could be viewed long-term as the second best option at point guard behind Darius Garland.


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Game 19: Against Cleveland, the Bucks will...

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  • 77%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (105 votes)
  • 18%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (4 votes)
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