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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks Preview: Bucks Road Trip Ends in Texas

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Hoping to end the trip out west with a W

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Dallas Mavericks v Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a long road trip out west and will make one final stop to take on the Dallas Mavericks before heading home. The road trip has overall been positive for Milwaukee, who have so far won three of the five games after falling just short against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. The Bucks look to sweep the season series against the Mavs after beating them 112-109 back in January.

Where We’re At

As previously mentioned, the Bucks have been out west and it hasn’t been too bad. Milwaukee fell short against the Clippers after a promising first quarter. They then won their next three games against the Lakers (without LeBron and AD) Blazers and Kings before losing to the Warriors. Giannis Antetokounmpo has sat out three games so far on this trip. His last game played was last Friday against the Blazers, but even with a six day break, he was listed as doubtful on the latest injury report. PJ Tucker has been out for a few weeks and is also listed as out.

Dallas has been playing some good basketball lately as they had won five games in a row until last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets, and 7 of their last 10 which included a win over the Utah Jazz. The offense continues to revolve around their young star Luka Doncic who is averaging 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.8 assists this season. The Mavs have a lengthy injury list of players out, including Trey Burke, Willie Cauley-Stein, Maxi Kleber and JJ Reddick. Kristaps Porzingis has been battling a wrist injury but did play last night.

Player to Watch

Kristaps Porzingis is an interesting player. He’s 7’3 but can shoot the ball like a guard and truly is a modern stretch 5. He looks to be getting back to a version of his old self before his ACL injury with 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds. His shooting ability and willings to shoot deep will be a test for Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis and in the Bucks’ zone drop scheme, he could feast if he gets hot.



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Game 51: Against the Mavs, the Bucks will...

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