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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic Preview: Looking for Redemption

Milwaukee looks to keep win streak going against top 4 team in the East

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The Milwaukee Bucks have had one of the best offenses almost all season, with an offensive rating of 120.5, yet back on Nov. 11 the Orlando Magic seemed to slow them down. They held a Dame-less Bucks offense to just 97 points at the Kia Center. Now for round two, not only has the venue shifted to Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, but the Bucks will have Lillard in the lineup for this one.

Where We’re At

The Bucks are on their second five-game winning streak of the season, with that high-powered offense scoring 135.8 points per game. Their last win came against the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs, 132-119, with Dame dropping 40 points on 14-for-22 shooting from the floor and 7-of-12 from three. Over his last five games, the NBA-75 selection averages 29.4 points per game while shooting 43.1% from beyond the arc on 10.2 attempts per game. With the win streak, Milwaukee has positioned itself one game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the second seed in the East and just a game behind the Boston Celtics for the first seed.

It has been a breakout season for Orlando, as they sit fourth in the East with a record of 16-10. After missing the playoffs the last three seasons with 48 or more losses, the Magic have burst onto the scene thanks to Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner, and Cole Anthony. The former Duke No. 1 pick has been averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 rebounds while being solid on the defensive end with a rating of 110.9 (35th in the league). The fruit of the Nikola Vucevic trade is showing through Wagner, with the third-year forward putting up a stat line of 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest. Orlando has been going through a rough patch since their nine-game winning streak ended on Dec. 2. They have lost five of their last seven games, including the last three against the Celtics twice and then the Heat on Wednesday. The typically stout Magic defense has let up 114 or more points in each of their losses but given up less than 100 in their two wins (Dec. 8 against the Pistons and Dec. 11 against the Cavilers).

Injury Report

Guard Markelle Fultz will miss out on this one, dealing with left knee tendinitis. Former Bucks legend Joe Ingles is questionable with a left ankle sprain.

As for the Bucks, Giannis is probable for this game with a right foot sprain he suffered against the Spurs on Tuesday. Currently, Chirs Livingston is listed out with his assignment to the G-League.

Player To Watch

Bobby Portis is on a scorching hot stretch in his last five games. The Sixth Man of the Year finalist has been the third-leading scorer for the Bucks over the last five contests, scoring 20.2 points per game and grabbing 7.4 rebounds. Portis scored 31 against the Pistons and then 23 against the Spurs.

How To Watch

Bally Sports WI at 7:00 PM CST.



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