Rocky Mountain Showdown: Bucks-Nuggets Preview

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After a thrilling victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night, the Bucks look to extend their winning streak to a season long two games against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.

It’s been an admittedly tough at times this season to watch the Bucks this season, with even the competitive games coming few and far between. But on Monday fans were reminded of how exciting and fun basketball actually can be to watch. With Giannis Antetokounmpo’s family in the crowd for their first time watching him play in Milwaukee, the broadcast had a more fun feel to it. Giannis had a great game as well, including a stong fourth quarter in which he finished with eight points and a fantastic under the rim reverse lay-up. After Carmelo Anthony was able to tie up the game with 17.0 seconds left, Brandon Knight dribbled the ball under five seconds and was able to hit the game winning three over Raymond Felton. It was just one night, but it gives the fans a reprieve from all the losing that’s happened this season.

The Nuggets are also coming off a last second game winner, this one by the hands of Denver’s Randy Foye to beat the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. The Nuggets is a perfect .500 on the season, having gone 23-23 on the season so far. They’re a team that’s struggling to find an identity under new coach Brian Shaw and their record is indicative of that. But the have talent, led by point guard Ty Lawson, who returned Monday after being sidelined for two games with a shoulder injury to score 27 points against the Clippers.

Things to watch for:

In Monday night’s game, Giannis was aggressive, which is encouraging to see from him. He’s spent a lot of this season hanging out in the corners and not getting as involved in the offense as he probably should. Even though the shots weren’t going in early, he kept it going and was rewarded with the strong fourth quarter mentioned above. Hopefully this is the Giannis that we say in the future.

As far as Denver is concerned, Brandon Knight is going to have to try and shut down Ty Lawson. Lawson is the key to everything that this team does offensively, and if the Bucks can take him out of the game they should have a chance at another win.

Projected Starters:

Milwaukee Bucks: 

PG – Brandon Knight

SG – Nate Wolters

SF – Khris Middleton

PF – John Henson

C – Larry Sanders

Denver Nuggets:

PG – Ty Lawson

SG – Randy Foye

SF – Wilson Chandler

PF – Kenneth Faried

C – JJ Hickson

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