Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory against star-studded Brooklyn Nets

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The Milwaukee Bucks go into a marquee clash against the new-look Brooklyn Nets Monday evening in search of their fifth straight victory.

There will be no shortage of eyes on the Milwaukee Bucks as they’ll take on the Brooklyn Nets Monday night at the Barclays Center part of the NBA’s marquee slate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Bucks are on quite the roll going into their trip to Brooklyn as they have won their last four games with the most recent victory coming over the Dallas Mavericks. Now at 9-4 on the season, they stand in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Brooklyn, meanwhile, lurks behind and they’re only started to capture the attention of all basketball fans after their blockbuster acquisition of James Harden last week.

With Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving leading the way for the Nets, the Bucks face quite the early season test going into Monday night.

So without further ado, let’s look at the three biggest keys to victory when the Milwaukee Bucks face off against the Brooklyn Nets.

First key – The Milwaukee Bucks limit Brooklyn’s ‘Big 3’

One can make the argument that it’s hard to slow down the likes of Durant , Harden and Irving, but the Bucks will certainly try to do so once Monday night’s game tips off.

It’s very possible that the Bucks won’t face a greater defensive challenge this season than when they face up against this fully-loaded Nets squad that has two MVP winners and a perennial All-Star guard.

Harden certainly showed off the Nets’ overflowing firepower by recording a 32-point triple-double that, coupled with Durant’s 42-point outing, helped Brooklyn start off this new era with a 122-115 win over the Orlando Magic Saturday night. The victory, of course, came without Irving, who has missed the last six games for the Nets and is questionable for Monday night’s game after completing his quarantine.

It looks very possible that the Bucks will be the ones to see the Nets’ ‘Big 3′ first, should Irving be cleared to make his return to action. And that puts the pressure on the Bucks’ big-time acquisition to step up going into what could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview when it’s all said and done.