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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets Preview: Looking for a Second Straight Win

Hoping the wins are bigger in Texas

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NBA: Houston Rockets at Milwaukee Bucks Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets meet for the second and final time in the 2023-2024 season tonight. The two teams previously met on Dec. 17 in a game that saw Damian Lillard rack up 39 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo become the Bucks’ franchise leader in rebounds en route to a 128-119 victory.

Where We’re At

After a slim Thursday night win over the San Antonio Spurs, the Bucks look to continue building momentum after their season series against the Indiana Pacers concluded in merciless fashion, with Tyrese Haliburton leading the Central Division opponent to a home-and-home sweep. Giannis and Dame continue spearheading the Bucks’ attack while flashes of pre-injury Khris Middleton can be glimpsed if you squint (and if you have relatively little concern for lateral movement).

For their part, the Rockets own a respectable 17-16 record, having climbed out of the NBA’s cellar for the time being since retooling their roster in the offseason. Recent wins over the Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets preceded an absolute drubbing at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Things got chippy between the Bucks and Rockets in their first match-up. Now, catching Houston on the second night of a back-to-back as they likely look to vent frustration after a blowout loss, there potential for even more tension on the court tonight. (To be fair, though, that possibility exists any time Dillon Brooks is present.)

Injury Report

Jae Crowder will miss tonight’s game as he continues to recover from surgery on his left adductor, otherwise the Bucks should have their full line-up available.

For Houston, both Brooks and second-year forward Tari Eason are game-time decisions as they deal with abdominal and leg injuries, respectively.

Player To Watch

Andre Jackson Jr. seems to be one of the only players on the Milwaukee roster with a sincere interest in defending on the perimeter this season. The rookie’s playing time per game has been up and down so far, but considering his versatility and the Rockets’ glut of guards and wings, it will be interesting to see how he is deployed and what match-ups he draws in the minutes head coach Adrian Griffin gives him.

How To Watch

Bally Sports WI at 7:00 PM CST



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Game 36: Against the Rockets, the Bucks will...

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  • 43%
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