Milwaukee Bucks: 3 questions heading into six-game road trip

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 28 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Following a successful five-game homestand at Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks will travel to the Western Conference for a six-game swing.

Judging by the schedule, this could be Milwaukee’s most challenging stretch of the season to this point. The Bucks will kick things off tonight in Los Angeles against the Clippers, followed by matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, and finally, the Dallas Mavericks.

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On paper, that certainly sounds like a brutal string of games for Milwaukee, but the club is in a good place as it stands. Despite losing their last two consecutive games, one of which they were without four starters, the Bucks have been clicking lately.

Winners in 13 of their last 16 overall, this team has displayed what they can achieve this season when they are firing on all cylinders.

Replicating that success on this road trip will be crucial, despite the current uncertainties surrounding the status of the roster. This could be a very telling answer as to where the Bucks currently stand in the current power rankings among NBA contenders, and here are three questions before tip-off tonight.

Can the Milwaukee Bucks impress against Western Conference contenders?

Sitting at 11-9 on the road this season, the Bucks have been far from perfect away from Fiserv Forum this season. This six-game stretch is a pivotal test to see if they can adapt to playing on the road, particularly given the sheer amount of talent they will face.

Four of the six teams that the Bucks will square off against in this stretch are currently in the playoff race in the Western Conference, while the other two are closing in not too far behind. Despite the degree of difficulty, the Bucks are currently 5-1 against these teams on the season in previous matchups.

Their lone loss came against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 21, who will look far different this time around. LA will likely be without LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the rematch, who have each been sidelined for the past several games due to injury.

Still, even without those two in the fold, there will be no shortage of household stars facing off against the Bucks in this schedule. A few prominent names they will likely have to go against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, and Luka Doncic, among others. Every game provides a star-studded matchup, and it will be a big test to see how the Bucks can fare in this stretch against some of the league’s best.