The Milwaukee Bucks moved within touching distance of securing homecourt for the entirety of the playoffs, thanks to a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Milwaukee Bucks picked up their 58th win of the season on Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets, and moved ever closer to being able to officially shift their focus over to the postseason challenges.
The Bucks’ magic number for securing the No. 1 seed in the East, and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, is down to one, meaning either a Milwaukee win or Toronto loss will secure those significant achievements for Mike Budenholzer’s team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s return to action was obviously incredible welcome, but with Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova missing out, the Bucks were still considerably more short-handed than they would have liked heading into this game.
A dominant first quarter seemed to set the Bucks on their way to a comfortable win, before a second quarter no-show allowed the Nets back in just as the Hawks had been on Sunday.
Neither team was likely helped by the game’s stop-start nature thanks to an officiating crew that was determined to leave its mark on the game. Overall, Milwaukee’s superior talent offered them an edge against a Brooklyn team desperate to win and move toward clinching their playoff spot.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how the Bucks’ performed individually against the Nets.