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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview: Soaring, Flying

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A return trip to ATL

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The Milwaukee Bucks finally snapped their five-game home losing streak last week, but find themselves back on the road as they head to Atlanta for a matchup with the Hawks less than 10 days after they played last.

Where We’re At

The Bucks just swept the Philadelphia 76ers at home, albeit with some injury assistance in the most recent game when they pummeled Philly 132-94. On Saturday, the Sixers hung tough in the first half due to some horrendous shooting on both sides, but a 36-23 third quarter blew the game wide open and Milwaukee didn’t look back. Philly didn’t have Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons, allowing Bud to decimate an opponent while putting minimal minutes on his stars. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in just 23 minutes, while the bench put up historic scoring numbers. It helps when they get to play most of the fourth quarter, but still...

Atlanta is coming off an impressive Friday night 118-103 victory over the Miami Heat, even without Trae Young in the lineup who is facing an ankle issue. He won’t be in the lineup for this one, but the Hawks may find that a blessing in disguise after he went just 3-17 in their 120-109 loss to Milwaukee back on April 15th. They’ve continued to be a revolving door of injuries down in Atlanta, but they have Danilo Gallinari back for a scoring boost off the bench. They’ve had contributions up and down the roster, with Bogdan Bogdanovic helping keep them afloat with his scoring punch. Brook Lopez may not have to deal with the rim-running of Clint Capela in this one though, and could have a chance to school the rookie Onyeka Okongwu.

Trae Young, Tony Snell, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish are all out for Atlanta, with Kris Dunn questionable and Clint Capela questionable. We don’t have the most recent injury report for the Bucks, but I’d expect everyone to be available given the light minute load on Saturday and the fact it was an afternoon tilt.

Player to Watch

Donte DiVincenzo didn’t get to play the last time out against the Atlanta Hawks, so this will be the first time this season we’ve seen him take the court against his sliding-doors counterpart, Bogdan Bogdanovic. We already know about Donte’s propensity for forcing the issue a bit too much, so I’m curious if any mentality of trying to show off in this instance in particular will affect his game to a greater degree.

Poll

Game 60: Against Atlanta, the Bucks will...

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  • 52%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (114 votes)
  • 31%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (69 votes)
  • 12%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (27 votes)
  • 3%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (7 votes)
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