The Milwaukee Bucks will look to reach the 41-win mark on Friday night as they make the trip to Texas to visit Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
If they hadn’t done so already with their play, the Milwaukee Bucks’ trade for Nikola Mirotic on Thursday put the franchise’s goals and expectations for the remainder of the season in clear focus. The Bucks are here to contend.
The next step on the 82-game journey before true contention can begin comes on Friday night, as the Bucks make the trip to Dallas for their final meeting of the season against the Mavericks.
The two teams last met just over two weeks ago, with the Bucks prevailing as 10-point victors on that occasion.
With the changes Dallas has made in the time since, the Mavericks’ sense of urgency has decreased, though. The Bucks will be confronted by a very different Dallas team this time around and one that, beyond questions about its quality at present, has yet to have meaningful time to adjust and build up chemistry.
Considering that they were firing on all cylinders in their last outing, it’s safe to say the Bucks have no such problem right now.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the key storylines ahead of this matchup between the Bucks and Mavericks.