The Bucks may be without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo for the second straight games as they look to extend their winning streak to 17 Friday night in Memphis. Giannis missed Wednesday’s contest with the Pelicans due to quad soreness, but the Bucks still prevailed 127-112 thanks to 29 points from Eric Bledsoe. Memphis will be missing rookie sensation Ja Morant due to a back injury, but hopes to continue their 2 game winning streak.
If Giannis is able to go, this is a matchup nightmare for the Grizzlies. Without their dynamic playmaker in Morant they will be hard-pressed to run a fluid offense. We could see most of their offense flow through Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks, who scored 24 and 27 points respectively against Phoenix Wednesday night in a 115-108 victory. Other than those two, it’s really hard to picture who will be taking a good chunk of the shots for Memphis.
It was raining three-pointers in Milwaukee Wednesday night as the Bucks used 19 long balls to take down New Orleans, including 5 from Eric Bledsoe. Milwaukee was able to control the tempo, leading to a shootout where the Pelicans just could not keep up.
This is the first of two meetings this season between the inter-conference foes. Their next matchup is March 19 in Milwaukee.
MIL: Bledsoe, Matthews, Middleton, G. Antetokounmpo, B. Lopez
MEM: Jones, Brooks, Crowder, Jackson Jr, Valanciunas
Injuries: Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad) is probable while Dragan Bender (ankle) and Kyle Korver (back) will both sit out for the Bucks. Ja Morant (back), Brandon Clarke (oblique), and Grayson Allen (ankle) will all be out for Memphis.
The spread: MIL -12
Time and TV: 7:00 PM CT on FS Wisconsin
Prediction: If Giannis plays this should be a breeze for the Bucks. They should be able to overwhelm the young Grizzlies especially considering they are down 2 of their best players. Even if Giannis doesn’t play it’s hard to see Memphis pulling out a victory. Bucks 124, Grizzlies 102