Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory when visiting OKC Thunder

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Third key to victory when visiting OKC Thunder — Milwaukee Bucks need to hit their shots from distance

One of the most significant factors in the Bucks’ high-powered offense this season has been their prolific 3-point shooting.

Heaving approximately 38.2 attempts from behind the arc per game, the Bucks have connected on an impressive 40.1 percent of their tries. The Bucks certainly have not been afraid to let it fly from downtown, and the OKC Thunder will do their part to slow them down defensively. The Thunder are one of the better 3-point defending teams in the league by allowing their opponents to hit just 34.8 percent of their triples this year.

Getting open looks from the perimeter is not an easy feat when playing this tough Oklahoma City team, and the Bucks will be put to the test in doing so tonight. In particular, whichever Buck Luguentz Dort gets tasked with defensively will have to work for their shots on every possession. The second-year player has shown impressive progression on that side of the ball, quickly developing into a premier defensive player at just 21 years old.

That is not to discredit the rest of their supporting pieces, who will undoubtedly do their part to limit Milwaukee’s 3-point success in the game. When the long ball is not falling for the Bucks, it is easy to understand why those are among their worst performances this season, and they cannot afford for this contest to fall into that category.

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It should be a thrilling game between the Bucks and Thunder, and hopefully, Milwaukee can get back on the right track with a win. You can catch the action on Fox Sports Wisconsin when it tips off at 7:00 p.m. central time Sunday night.