Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory when hosting Denver Nuggets

DENVER, COLORADO - FEBRUARY 08 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic
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In what serves as the final game of their homestand, the Milwaukee Bucks will welcome another Western Conference opponent to town in the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night.

One year removed from making an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, the Nuggets have been unable to find any consistency this season. With a 19-15 record, the Nuggets currently occupy the seven spot in their conference and will look to make it three wins in a row as they take on the Bucks.

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Meanwhile, Milwaukee is coming off their biggest game of the season with a thrilling 105-100 victory over the Clippers, making it five consecutive wins for them. Sitting just one game out of first place in the Eastern Conference, this would be another sizeable win for Milwaukee, and they have the formula to contain the Nuggets.

This will be a rematch of a February 8 matchup, a game in which the Bucks handled business in what ended up being a 125-112 win. That was Milwaukee’s first of 10 games that they were without starting point guard Jrue Holiday due to COVID-19 protocols, and with him now back in the fold, this matchup should be even better the second time around.

Without further ado, here are three keys to victory for the Bucks as they host the Denver Nuggets.

First key to victory when hosting Denver Nuggets — Milwaukee Bucks must capitalize on second chance opportunities

The Bucks have one of the NBA’s best offenses this season, and an underrated part of that success stems from their ability to capitalize on their second chance opportunities.

Milwaukee currently averages 14 second chance points per game, tied for the seventh highest mark in the association with the Utah Jazz. Offensive rebounding has been a massive bonus for the Bucks this season and has helped them put extra points on the board consistently this year.

However, the Bucks will have to work for their opportunities in this game against the Nuggets, who are one of the best teams at limiting such chances for their opponents. Denver is second in the league in opponent’s second chance points per game, allowing just 11.2 per game.

If the Bucks can break the mold and keep it consistent with their above average scoring numbers on these opportunities, it would be a massive boost for their chances in this game. Although Milwaukee won the first matchup on February 8th, they managed just eight second chance points in that game, and they should look to bump that up a few ticks this time around.