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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks Preview: We’re Going (Win) Streaking?

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The Milwaukee Bucks will look to take their winning streak to four games when they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight at Fiserv Forum.

Where We’re At

The Bucks defeated the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 110-101 on Wednesday night. The game was never close, even though the final score might say otherwise. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points and Jrue Holiday poured in 21 of his own. Milwaukee also got big contributions off the bench from Bobby Portis (11 points) and Bryn Forbes (13).

As for the Dallas Mavericks, their roster has been ravaged by COVID-19 but they won their last game 104-93 over the Charlotte Hornets. Luke Doncic put up a monster 34/13/9/2/4 line while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18. They held the Hornets to just 38% shooting from the floor.

While the Milwaukee Bucks should have all hands on deck, Jrue Holiday is listed as probable with an ankle sprain and Torrey Craig has finally been upgraded to probable as well. A full deck cannot be said for the visiting Mavs. Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Josh Richardson are all quarantining due to COVID-19 protocols. Their status for tonight’s tilt is listed as out as of the latest injury report.

Player To Watch

Kristaps Porzingis made his season-debut against Charlotte and finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots. Porzingis has torched Milwaukee in prior contests and it will be interesting to see if the Bucks choose to switch on him defensively, rather than drop their defensive coverage. The Bucks have been switching frequently the last two games and doing the same against this Mavs team is a wise idea.

Poll

Game 13: Against Dallas, the Bucks will...

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (75 votes)
  • 37%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (127 votes)
  • 34%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (118 votes)
  • 6%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (23 votes)
343 votes total Vote Now

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