5 most anticipated games for the Milwaukee Bucks post All-Star break

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid
Feb 17, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /

5 most anticipated Milwaukee Bucks games down the stretch: March 29th @ Philadelphia 76ers

The rubber match of the three-game season series between these two teams and comes late enough in the season that we can expect each team to be as close to full health as they can be. This should be an absolute heater of a game.

The Sixers swung a huge deadline deal to get James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets (more on them in a moment), which was before the game on February 17th but Harden sat out with a hamstring injury.

Without being able to predict future injuries, Harden and Joel Embiid will be available for this one and I’m very curious to see how they match up with the Bucks.

Embiid had his way with the Bucks’ defense with 42 points on 77.3 percent true shooting. How will they try to limit him in this one? If Brook Lopez is available by then, he’s had success against the Sixers’ big man in the past but who knows how Lopez will look if he’s playing.

Then there’s the whole Harden problem. I’d assume head coach Mike Budenholzer would have Jrue Holiday be the primary defender against him and have Grayson Allen (who wasn’t available in the most recent game) tackle the Tyrese Maxey assignment.

This could be a potential matchup in the later rounds of the playoffs (or even the first round at this rate) and while neither team will want to show their hand too much, it will still be highly competitive.