Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory when hosting Atlanta Hawks

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Atlanta Hawks: Damian Jones
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After their game Friday was postponed, the Milwaukee Bucks will return to the court tonight against the visiting Atlanta Hawks after an extra day of rest.

The Bucks will be looking to get back into the win column, having suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season after their defeats to the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers. Yet, they are still third in the Eastern Conference with a 9-6 record and will look to notch double-digit wins in this upcoming contest by snapping their current losing streak.

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On the other hand, the Hawks will head into Fiserv Forum riding a three-game win streak. At 8-7, the red-hot Hawks currently sit at sixth place in the Eastern Conference and will look to gain some needed ground on the Bucks with a win tonight.

Potentially facing a three-game losing streak, this contest against the Atlanta Hawks will be very telling for the home team, and here are three keys to victory for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory against Hawks – Win the rebounding battle

The Hawks have been the NBA’s rebounding powerhouse team this season as they’re currently hauling in a top-ranked 50.1 rebounds per game. The Bucks are not far behind in that department by coming in at fifth place with 47.5 total rebounds per game.

If the Bucks want to win this game, recent history this season suggests that they should emphasize winning the rebound battle.

When their opponents haul in more rebounds than them this season, the Hawks are just 1-3. Part of this comes from their prolific offensive rebounding as they haul 12.1 offensive boards per game. These efforts have led to an impressive 16.3 second-chance points per game, which both rank as the best in the association.

With Clint Capela and John Collins down low, the Hawks have become a formidable force on the glass, and the Bucks should aim to limit their success on the boards. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis stand as Milwaukee’s leading rebounders per game, and they will have their work cut out for them in this particular matchup.

If the Bucks can take away that aspect of Atlanta’s success, they will be in much better shape.