The Bucks and Nets meet this Friday in NBA action at the Barclays Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks will look for a win after winning 11 of their last 17 games. They’re averaging 108 points with 44.1% shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging a double-double with 27.9 points and 11.5 rebounds, while Khris Middleton is averaging 18.5 points. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer with an average of 18.4 points per game.
As a team, the Bucks are shooting 36.2% from beyond the arc and 76.2% from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets will look for a win after splitting their last eight games. They’re averaging 110.8 points with 46.9% shooting and allowing 107.8 points with 43.2% shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 30 points and 5.7 assists per game, while James Harden is averaging 22.5 points and 8.1 rebounds. Patty Mills is the third double-digit with 13.6 points.
As a team, the Nets are shooting 35% from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Bucks are ranked #4th in offense and 18th in defense and the Nets are ranked #9th in offense and 16th in defense.
The Bucks are expected to get back Antetokounmpo for this game, and they’re always attractive in the underdog role. However, the Nets feel like a team that’s starting to turn the corner and the confidence should be building. Durant is still looking like an MVP candidate, Harden is starting to show flashes of what he was in Houston and Kyrie is back, even if he can only play on the road. The Nets should feel a lot better, and that does wonders to a locker room. Big game with MVPs and title contenders, which for this one, our prediction is a win for the home team.