3 keys for Milwaukee Bucks in interesting matchup vs Dallas Mavericks

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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton. Dallas Mavericks: Frank Ntilikina
Dec 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

Khris Middleton needs a bounce-back game tonight for the Milwaukee Bucks

After a very strong stretch coming out of the All-Star break, Khris Middleton hit a small rough patch in his last three games. While I’m not worried or concerned by any means, hopefully, a day off will have done him some good.

In his last three games, Middleton has averaged 18 points on 52 percent true shooting along with nearly four turnovers per game. That’s in comparison to when he was averaging nearly 25 points on 63 percent true shooting and 2.5 turnovers in his 11 games coming out of the break.

Middleton did come up big for the Bucks in the fourth quarter of their game against the Philadelphia 76ers with nine of his 22 points and five of his seven assists coming in the final frame. He was also ejected from the game against the Brooklyn Nets but struggled in his 30 minutes to that point.

In saying all of that, this could be a good get-right spot for Middleton tonight.

He scored 26 points on 74 percent true shooting to go along with five rebounds, seven assists, and a steal in their win over the Mavs earlier this season. The only guy who gave him any sort of issue was Dorian Finney-Smith (he went 2-of-6 against Finney-Smith) but this profiles as a team that Middleton should have success against with guys that he can bully to get to his spots more easily than against other teams with longer, rangier defenders.

There are only a handful of games remaining in the regular season and it would be great to get Middleton back on the roll he was on coming right out of the break.