Milwaukee Bucks: 3 factors that stand out over 7-game win streak

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For all of the Milwaukee Bucks fans waiting for them to reach their dominant gear this season, there is no need to wait any longer.

After their 140-113 victory over the Indiana Pacers Monday night, the Bucks are on a seven-game win streak and have won 12 of their last 13 games and are 28-14 on the season. While they still stand two games out of the top seed in the East, the Bucks have fully separated themselves from the rest of the conference, along with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

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While they still have work in achieving their final form, the Bucks that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing has come back into the picture, though with a different twist.

What are some of the most impressive statistics that have helped propel the Milwaukee Bucks during this stretch? Let’s dive in.

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s playmaking has been front and center for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been no stranger to playing dominant basketball, just as his reigning back-to-back MVP honors suggest.

Now as Antetokounmpo has been playing some of his best basketball of his career as of late, the Greek superstar’s distribution and ability to control the game with his passing has been absolutely sublime.

Over Milwaukee’s seven-game win streak, Antetokounmpo is averaging 9.8 assists, which has helped him compile four triple-doubles over this stretch and raise his season average to a career-high 6.4 assists per game this year. There was no better display of Antetokounmpo’s passing evolution than in the Bucks’ recent win over the San Antonio Spurs where he put up a career-high 15 assists.

Given the attention he regularly commands from opposing defenses, Antetokounmpo’s precision and ability to pick out open Bucks shooters has never been more prevalent. Per, Antetokounmpo has created the most assists that have led to 3-point shots this season.

Of course, Antetokounmpo’s familiarity with his teammates and institutional knowledge only goes so far with such shooters being able to hit the shots that Antetokounmpo generates. And it’s here where the Bucks’ improved shotmaking has helped take Antetokounmpo’s playmaking to new heights.