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Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview: A Great Lakes Double Header

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How else are you supposed to spend two nights in Cleveland?

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Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

Last weekend, the Milwaukee Bucks started their back to back and it went poorly. They are hoping this week is different with a doubleheader against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams are battling for position (different ones, but still) in a tightly contested Eastern Conference; Milwaukee won the first matchup between these Central Division rivals.

Where We’re At

The previously mentioned back to back last weekend seems like a distant memory for the Bucks. They have won their two games this week with improved defense and the league leading offense in the league. Milwaukee has scored over 100 points in the three quarters in the last two games, and a big reason for that is the improved play from Giannis Antetokounmpo. He had a triple double on Wednesday but two good nights from the free throw line (along with not taking any three pointers) seems to show better decision making from the two-time MVP. Cleveland has been a surprise team this year with stout defense and slow style of play, they are going to make you earn every single point. The Cavs also had a stretch where both of their starting guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland were injured but those two returning has helped in recent games. The Bucks are once again not facing any injury problems, while the Cavaliers will be without Larry Nance Jr (wrist), Matthew Dellavedova (concussion, facing retirement?!), and Kevin Love (calf).

Player to Watch: Bobby Portis

How fun is this guy to watch? Bobby brings it every night, and his February has been off to an even better start. Portis both learned what Reddit is and is averaging 19.5 points per game, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 70% from three in the month so far. He is going to have his handful with Andre Drummond and Jarrett Allen but Portis’ offense will be needed, similar to his 17 point 11 rebound effort against the Cavs the last time.



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Game 22: Against the Cavs, Milwaukee will...

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  • 64%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (81 votes)
  • 25%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (32 votes)
  • 7%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (4 votes)
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