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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Preview: Different borough, same goal

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Brooklyn Nets John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to start a new winning streak after losing to the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. The travel isn’t too far for Milwaukee as they travel from Manhattan to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks won the last meeting between the two teams on November 6 by a score of 129-125.

Where We’re At

All good things must come to an end. The Bucks seven game winning streak was snapped Christmas Day. We saw Milwaukee’s offense continue to impress and outscore teams with ease. The team has seen an improvement on the defensive side of the ball, as well as ranking closer to the middle than on the bottom. People (ie. The Ringer) are trying to discredit the good Milwaukee has done, but the Bucks are doing what is expected of them and that is winning,

The Nets have been hovering around .500 during the season and sit tied for 8th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Nets are a team with intriguing young pieces but lack that star player that’s needed to succeed. The team led by Mikal Bridges, Cam Thomas, and Nic Claxton will have Brooklyn in the playoffs and give top team problems. The Nets played last night against the Detroit Pistons where it was close but walked away with a win.

Injury Report

Jae Crowder is out for Milwaukee, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable with a right calf injury management.

UPDATE: The Nets will be without Nic Claxton, Cameron Johnson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Ben Simmons, and Lonnie Walker. Dorian Finney-Smith is listed as questionable.

Player to Watch

Cam Thomas has a profile of being a bucket-getter. After Jalen Brunson got any shot he wanted at will, how will Milwaukee respond and/or adjust? Brunson is better than Thomas but Thomas’ ability to score from anywhere on the floor can give Milwaukee issues.

Where to Watch

Bally Sports WI at 6:30 PM CST



Poll

Game 31: against the Nets, the Bucks will.....

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Win big (10 or more points)
    (12 votes)
  • 60%
    Win close (9 or fewer points)
    (23 votes)
  • 5%
    Lose close (9 or fewer points)
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Lose big (10 or more points)
    (1 vote)
38 votes total Vote Now

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