This marks the first time the Bucks will see Malcolm Brogdon in a Pacers uniform as he sat out when these two teams square off in Indiana.
In the least shocking news of the year, the Bucks dismantled the New York Knicks last night. They’re 9-1 in their last 10 games and have become a basketball inevitability.
Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 23 minutes to drop a triple-double, and Brook Lopez ended his three-point shooting slump by making four threes. The Bucks had seven players score double-figures, including all of their starters. Milwaukee also sank 18 three-pointers in the victory. This, also happened last night.
THANASIS ELEVATION. pic.twitter.com/d6fZ9A3udh— NBA (@NBA) December 22, 2019
The Bucks won their first meeting of the season against the Pacers, 102-83. Giannis led the way with 26 points and Brook Lopez added 15 of his own. While the Bucks made only 44.8% of their shots in the victory, they held Indiana to only 32%. I am sure the Pacers burned the film from this game.
Aside from point guard Eric Bledsoe still rehabbing his leg injury, the Bucks should have all hands on deck, unless Wesley Matthews is deemed still not ready to go.
Player To Watch: Brook Lopez
He finally got his three-pointers to drop in last nights victory and will look to keep the good times rolling against a division foe. Lopez’s impact on the game even when he is struggling offensively is quite absurd.
Indiana is riding high on a five-game winning streak to improve to 20-9. T.J. Warren helped propel them to victory by dropping a team-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting. The Pacers had six other players score in double-figures, including our old friend, Malcolm Brogdon who scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Winning in Milwaukee is no easy task and it will be interesting to see if their defense can do just enough to slow down the Bucks and keep them in the mud. They do have the seventh-best defensive rating in the NBA for a reason.
Two key contributors to the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb are questionable for tonight’s inner-division tilt.
Player To Watch: Malcolm Brogdon
I mean, was it going to be anyone else? I wonder what kind of reception Bucks fans will give him as he is introduced with the starters tonight. Regardless, I am sure Brogdon will be a man on a mission and will try to prove a point to his former employer.
Game 31: Against Indiana, the Bucks will...
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