3 things to watch in Milwaukee Bucks MVP showdown vs Denver Nuggets

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis. Denver Nuggets: JaMychal Green
Nov 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Bucks can begin to develop consistency on offense tonight

Part of the reason why the Bucks have had such an up-and-down season is that they’ve had a lot of key offensive players going in and out of the lineup mixed in with guys struggling through various slumps.

In their last nine games, the Bucks have scored over 110 points in five of them but have scored under 100 in the other four. Only once in the last nine games have the Bucks scored 100 points or more in back-to-back games.

Although they’ll likely be without Hill tonight, it appears as though the Bucks are finally set to have the majority of their key offensive players available for an extended stretch of games, barring anything unforeseen.

Another factor in their inconsistent offense has been the lack of scoring from the bench, which has been a problem for most of the season but it’s emphasized when the Bucks’ big three is either missing a member or one of them has an off night.

They combined for 82 points in their win over the New York Knicks and having Grayson Allen chip in 15 helped put them over the top. They’ll need more from their reserve players throughout the regular season if (or when) a member of the big three has an off night.

Denver is 13th in defensive rating for the season as well as their recent hot 12 game stretch, so it’s certainly not one of the elite defenses in the league but also not one that hemorrhages points on a nightly basis. Jokic has developed into a very good defender, Gordon can guard multiple positions well, and they have pesky guards.

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However, now that the Bucks are nearly whole for a relatively extended period of games, this is where they can finally begin to build some consistency at both ends.