After a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Milwaukee Bucks quickly head for Sacramento to meet the Kings, who didn’t have quite the successful Friday. De’Aaron Fox and the boys are coming off a loss against the LA Lakers, their second in a row, which is not a good sign when it comes to their playoff battle. Meanwhile, the Bucks won two straight, both on the road, and are in the middle of the tour through the West right now. Giannis had one of his nights, dropping 47 on the Trail Blazers.
Milwaukee Bucks (31-17, -250) demolished Portland, 127-109, setting the tone immediately in the first quarter. They would win that part of the game, 34-21, adding one more burst, in the third period, 37-20.
It was easy for Mike Budenholzer’s side to dismantle the Trail Blazers with Giannis having one of those nights. Back-to-back MVP scored 47 points, missing just three field goals in 21 attempts (all of them three-pointers), and two free throws in 13 tries. On top of that, The Greek Freak grabbed 12 boards and had three blocks.
Jrue Holiday also recorded a double-double, 22 buckets, and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton contributed with 20 points, eight dimes, and seven rebounds. Pretty versatile performance of the Bucks’ other All-Star.
Sacramento Kings (22-27, +200) are further and further away from the playoffs. Luke Walton’s crew had five wins in a row, before losing to San Antonio and the Lakers. This last loss, 115-94, happened in Sacramento, and to be honest, just a few expected it because the purple and gold played without James and Davis.
The reasons for that were Fox’s and Hield’s atrocious performances. Fox had 12 points, missing 15 of his 20 shots, while, Hield scored seven, 3-for-11 from the field, and 1-for-9 from deep. Once again, we are going to mention that the Kings made a massive mistake by keeping Buddy and giving up on Bogi.
Harrison Barnes was the only bright spot vs Lakers, with 26 points, shooting 9-for-10 from the field, but he alone couldn’t do anything. Tyrese Haliburton scored nine points, and hee to had a slow night. This is a massive blow for the Kings, who are desperately trying to find a way to reach the playoffs.
Head to Head Games
There was no problem for the Bucks in the first meeting of the year back at Fiserv Forum, 128-115. Giannis was monstrous, 38 points and 18 boards in 33 minutes, while Middleton scored 32. The best in Kings was Haliburton with 23 points and 8 boards.
The home team isn’t very good in defense, which is perfect for the Bucks, who are almost always trashing such crews with 10+ points. Kings’ mentality is very unstable, and their morale is making massive oscillations. If you noticed, they are constantly playing in waves, posting consecutive wins and losses. On the other side, the Bucks are slowly heating up for the final part of the season, and it appears that they won’t have too much trouble in this event, which is why we propose betting on their victory. Giannis usually plays well in back-to-back matches, and this is going to be a perfect chance for him to drop 40+points once again.
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