While they may have come up short last night, the Milwaukee Bucks will get another chance at reaching the vaunted 60-win plateau. Tonight, they will try it against the Atlanta Hawks, who bested them last weekend on a ridiculous overtime buzzer beater from Trae Young.
Having clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs, Mike Budenholzer has the luxury of choosing his spots. In their last game, Milwaukee rested Giannis Antetokounmpo and put Khris Middleton under a minutes restriction. After all, it’s all about the playoffs, where Milwaukee will be playing against the East’s best. How’ve they done against that competition this year, you ask?
Games played between the top 5 teams in the East... pic.twitter.com/vqLf7tMykI— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) April 7, 2019
There has been no word yet on the availability of Giannis or Tony Snell, and Pau Gasol, Donte DiVincenzo, Malcolm Brogdon, and Nikola Mirotic all remain out.
Player to Watch: Eric Bledsoe
Taking a lead role, The BledShow showed out in a loss to Brooklyn with 33 points and 11 assists. With a healthy Giannis and fully-implemented Middleton, Bledsoe’s stat line will infrequently reach these levels, but getting him geared up to contribute on this level is one of the Bucks’ keys to success going forward.
They’re one of the bottom teams in the East, but as we saw last week, this Hawks team is feisty. Not only have they beaten the Bucks, but they bested the Philadelphia 76ers twice in the past few weeks, to make up for some...uneven performances against the Blazers and Magic. They’re not in the playoffs, and a number of their players have been shelved at this late point in their season: Kent Bazemore and DeAndre’ Bembry are probable, Kevin Huerter is questionable, and Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress, Miles Plumlee, and Dewayne Dedmon are all out for the rest of the year. In addition, two of Atlanta’s best players (Trae Young and John Collins) are out for this game as well.
Trae Young and John Collins (load management) are out. Kevin Huerter (mid-back pain) remains questionable.— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) April 7, 2019
DeAndre’ Bembry and Kent Bazemore are available.
Player to Watch: Vince Carter
Seriously, this Hawks squad is depleted. VC has been surprisingly spry in his old age (42!), and can still get up. That is, if he dressed for the game:
Best moment of the night came when Lloyd Pierce summoned Vince Carter to come into the game. pic.twitter.com/ztsBpn5z9Z— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) April 4, 2019
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