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

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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton. Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Durant
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5 most anticipated Milwaukee Bucks games down the stretch: March 31st @ Brooklyn Nets

Right after seeing the new-look Sixers, the Bucks will get a look at the new-look Brooklyn Nets!

These two teams meet right out of the break in Milwaukee but it’s unlikely that the Nets will have Kevin Durant and newly-acquired Ben Simmons. Similar to the game against Philly, this is late enough in the season that we can expect each team to have most of their key pieces.

There’s no timeline for when Simmons will be available, but the Nets want him to play games with Durant and Kyrie Irving before the playoffs, so getting games in against teams like the Bucks and also at home will be a nice test for their chemistry.

I liked the big trade for both teams, but especially for the Nets. Simmons helps them fill a couple of holes that they had regarding their defense and rebounding, so expect to see him get a lot of time guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo as he’s now easily their best option to check the two-time MVP.

The Bucks still have the issue of who to throw at Durant, so it’ll be a committee approach with Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Holiday, and others getting the assignment throughout the game. Durant was one of the frontrunners for MVP before an injury cost him a large chunk of the season and we all saw how much it doesn’t matter who’s in front of him, he’ll get his.

This is another potential playoff matchup and with the Nets’ revamped roster, looks to be a tougher challenge this time around. Again, neither team will show their hand too much, but you can bet the players will still be taking this game seriously.