The Bucks’ 13 game winning streak will be put to the test Friday night when they face off against Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in Milwaukee. Much has changed since the Bucks beat the Clippers in LA in early November. Neither Leonard nor Paul George played in that game, but they are both healthy and ready to go in Milwaukee, which should make for a thrilling game.
The Bucks got their 13th straight victory in a drama-filled contest in Detroit Wednesday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 35 points and 9 rebounds to quiet Little Caesars Arena and Blake Griffin in a 127-103 win. The Clippers have won 9 of their last 10 games, most recently a 117-97 win over Portland.
With the added dynamic of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard playing, the Bucks face a much tougher task of beating the Clippers this time around. Both are arguably top 10 players in the league and are very staunch defenders. Milwaukee is going to have to sink more 3-pointers as I expect Giannis won’t have as easy of a go at it compared to bullying teams like the Knicks and Pistons.
LAC: Beverley, Harkless, Leonard, George, Zubac
MIL: Bledsoe, Matthews, Middleton, G. Antetokounmpo, B. Lopez
Injuries: Sterling Brown will miss the game with a shoulder injury while Landry Shamet is out for LA with an ankle injury. JaMychal Green is questionable.
The spread: MIL -3.5
Time and TV: 7:30 PM CT on FS Wisconsin
Prediction: The Bucks’ winning streak has to come to an end at some point and I think they lose tonight to the Clippers as Kawhi and Paul George do just enough to squeak by Milwaukee. Clippers 118, Bucks 115