With rolling Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are looking to bring down the Magic once again
Giannis Antetokounmue is looking to score 20 points and 15 rebounds for the third game in a row as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
The two-time MVP outperformed both brands against Oklahoma City on Friday and Orlando on Saturday after scoring a season-high 47 points against the Lakers earlier in the week.
The Bucks find themselves in a three-game winning streak after defeating the Magic 117-108 in the first of a two-game winning streak in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo led the way with 32 points and 20 assists, and Bobby Portes provided 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 6-for-7 (85.7 percent) from behind the arc. Grayson Allen added 16 points, and all five starters finished with total points in double digits.
“To bounce and do whatever he’s doing, that’s what we need,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo. “Bobby is the same. I feel like some of the goalkeepers are going forward and getting strong rebounds and helping us and we’ve been better, we just have to stay ahead.”
Brock Lopez is still sidelined with a back injury and has yet to appear in this season’s game. Donte DeVencenzo still has an ankle injury, although he had a field workout ahead of the Milwaukee game against the Hawks on November 14 according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
After firing less than 35 percent of the 3-point range in their previous four games, the Bucks are back on track against Orlando, going to 19 from 40 (47.5 percent) from depth. It was their second best performance from a distance this season.
Despite losing on Saturday, the Magic almost came back from a 29-point deficit, outperforming Milwaukee 37-21 in the fourth quarter. Reserve RJ Hampton led the way in the competition with 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Jalen Suggs contributed 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Chuma Okeke and Michal Mulder each scored 13 points from the bench.
“From 29 down, to keep fighting, that’s what that group is all about,” said Magic coach Jamal Mosley. “They’ve stayed ready, worked on days off when they’re not playing, but they’ve shown their willingness to go out and fight.”
Orlando has now lost five of its last six games and is 3-7 on the road this season.
Cole Anthony missed the first game against the Bucks due to a right ankle sprain and is on the daily list. The guard of the year has come out second this season, averaging 19.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in 16 games. Michael Carter-Williams and E-Town More also missed out, and Jonathan Isaacs and Markel Fultz remained without return schedules.
The Magic has been struggling defensively, allowing at least 115 points in three of its last four games. Orlando also had some problems, averaging 23.8 fouls per game over that period.
With a chance of revenge on Milwaukee on Monday, Mosley is looking for a higher level of defensive intensity.
“Their intensity and level of play must match that,” Mosley said. “It’s about defending without pollution, showing our hands, and showing the crowds early.”
–Field Media Level