3 keys for Milwaukee Bucks in pivotal matchup vs Philadelphia 76ers

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Philadelphia 76ers: Anthony Tolliver
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Bobby Portis should be able to have his best game as a reserve this season tonight

Bobby Portis, like Middleton, struggled in his last game against the Grizzlies. The difference is that he has struggled in his previous six games before the last game as well.

He’s shooting 14.3 percent from 3 and has made a total of three triples in those seven games. It hasn’t been very good, but there’s no reason to be concerned! They’re still generating good looks for him, but he’s just in a bit of a slump.

Tonight offers an opportunity for Portis to bust out of that slump in a big way against a Sixers bench unit that doesn’t really have a reliable big man.

If it’s DeAndre Jordan, he’ll be asked to stretch out to guard Portis and he should get some good looks that way as Jordan will tend to protect the rim first. If it’s Georges Niang, Portis will be able to take him inside and shoot over the top of him. The same can be said for Harris if they go small against him.

Portis shot 60 percent from 3 as a reserve against the Sixers last season and has averaged 18 points on 59 percent true shooting against Philly this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ injury report is fairly clean for what feels like the first time all season (aside from DeAndre’ Bembry (out) and Giannis Antetokounmpo being listed as probable), so Portis will have a few games now to settle into his role off the bench and playing in more units alongside the reserve guards.

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This will be one of the more high-spirited contests of the season and will have a very playoff-like feel with the Philly faithful fired up.