What looked to be a positive road trip has unfortunately went south as the Bucks return home looking to bounce back against the Toronto Raptors. Both teams are on a losing streak and will look to try and end that tonight. Tonight will also be the first game in Fiserv Forum to host fans this season allowing 10% capacity. For those of you attending, please follow all the safety protocols.
Milwaukee has approved Fiserv Forum for 10% capacity, and fans will be back on Tuesday. Here are the safety measures in place https://t.co/2E0uLb9Dor— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) February 15, 2021
Where We’re At
The Bucks return home for the first time in two weeks after a six-game road trip that featured a trip out west. The Bucks started the road trip just fine with a pair of wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers along with a win against the Denver Nuggets. Milwaukee saw their win streak snapped at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, but were a Giannis Antetokounmpo shot away for getting that win. Then, the annual loss to the Utah Jazz on the road before a flat-out ugly performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder found them ending the road trip on a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee has been without Jrue Holiday due to health and safety protocols; his absence was evident at times when Milwaukee went through a few ruts during the games against the Suns and Thunder. Holiday is the only notable absence for Milwaukee at the moment.
Meanwhile Toronto has slowly started digging themselves out of the hole they put themselves in early in the season and currently sit at 8th in the East with a 12-15 record. The Raptors did lose their last two games though, one of which was to the league’s wooden spoon leader Minnesota Timberwolves.
OG Anunoby is doubtful for tonight’s game, as is Yuta Watanabe.
Player to Watch
Soooooooooo Brook Lopez seems to be drawing the ire of Bucks fans lately. The Bucks slow transition to switching puts him as the odd man out as his foot speed is glacial and exposes him. It appears as though teams have also figured out how to attack him when the Bucks run their zone drop scheme, so defensively Brook has regressed. It was also notable that Milwaukee went with Bobby Portis in the closing lineup against OKC instead of Brook, which could potentially be an indicator of things to come.
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