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The Milwaukee Bucks are no stranger to the TNT national broadcast, but tonight’s late tip time is courtesy of our friends in the Pacific Time Zone, the Golden State Warriors. Make sure you eat a good meal to fuel up, and check your order before you leave.

Where We’re At

Just like that, after a three-game skid, the Bucks are now owners of a three-game winning streak after eking out a Giannis Antetokounmpo-less victory over Sacramento. They’re still solidly third in the Eastern Conference behind Philadelphia and Brooklyn, and will still play four of the next five after tonight’s game on the road. Giannis continues to vaccinate vacillate (Editor’s note: good catch! Also, get vaccinated if you can!) between “totally healthy” and “not playing” as his mysterious knee injury lingers in the background (although he’s currently listed as probable) and new addition PJ Tucker has missed time with an ongoing calf issue, but the franchise has boosted morale by inking Jrue Holiday to a well-deserved contract extension.

Meanwhile, the recently-great Golden State Warriors have fallen on hard times. Sandwiched between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans, the Dubs are fighting for the chance to make the postseason via the new play-in game, and are merely one game above the rudderless Sacramento Kings. They have dealt with a particularly difficult schedule, but at a certain point “you are your record” and the mistakes of featured players like Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre, and Eric Paschall (who will miss this game with a hip injury) have submarined the Warriors in an exceptionally-difficult Western Conference landscape.

Player To Watch

There are between 135 and 160 million reasons to make this section about Jrue Holiday, but he’ll match up against one of the best guards in the history of the NBA, who happens to be leading one of the most futile teams in the NBA.

(Steph did not play in the game against Toronto.)

Steph Curry is on the short list of “point guards Bucks fans might be willing to choose over Jrue Holiday,” and one of the few things shorter than that list might be Steph’s patience. Having just turned 33 and averaging nearly 30 points per game on his trademark stellar efficiency, Curry’s current Warriors squad has simply not lived up to the hype along side him. Yes, Klay Thompson’s continued absence is a part of that, as is James Wiseman’s ongoing development and Draymond Green’s underutilized multiplier effect. Even still, Curry is one of the league’s great talents, and one who gets along pretty well with Giannis.



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    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
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