The Bucks welcome the Magic to Fiserv Forum on Monday night as they look to continue their 14 game winning streak. In perhaps their most impressive victory of their recent stretch, the Bucks dismantled the Clippers Friday night 119-91, a game which Milwaukee led by 40 at one point. The Bucks have seen their efficiency ratings skyrocket in previous weeks, as they are 2nd in offensive efficiency behind Dallas and are the best defensive team in the NBA currently. This comes after the Bucks had plenty of struggles on defense early on in the season. It appears that coach Mike Budenholzer has effectively solved Milwaukee’s defensive woes.
Orlando comes into this one having beat Cleveland 93-87 on Friday night behind 21 points from Terrence Ross. The Magic continue to not be able to score a whole lot of points, and that was evidenced in the teams’ first matchup this season, which Milwaukee won 123-91. It should be more of the same Monday night as Milwaukee completely outmatches Orlando in every facet.
This is the 2nd of 4 meetings between the teams this season. They will play again in Milwaukee on December 28.
ORL: Fultz, Fournier, Gordon, Isaac, Birch
MIL: Bledsoe, Matthews, Middleton, G. Antetokounmpo, B. Lopez
Injuries: Nikola Vucevic (ankle sprain) remains out for Orlando while Dragan Bender (ankle sprain) will be out for Milwaukee.
The spread: MIL -12.5
Time and TV: 7:00 PM CT on FS Wisconsin
Prediction: The Bucks should have no problems shutting down Orlando on offense and continuing their winning streak. This one won’t be close. Bucks 115, Magic 89