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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Milwaukee Bucks

The OKC Thunder – recent off a domination of the Bulls – head to Milwaukee to tackle the Greek Freak and an rising Milwaukee Bucks.

The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder head to BMO Harris Bradley Heart after an encouraging effort that resulted in a 36 level win in opposition to Chicago. The Thunder began the second quarter on a 18-2 run and pushed the sport out of attain. One very encouraging facet of this sport was there protection. The Thunder solely allowed 69 factors and making a season excessive 16 steals.
 
The recent Bucks are contenders for the highest spot within the East head again to Milwaukee to defend dwelling courtroom. The Bucks additionally got here off of a win in Atlanta in opposition to the struggling Hawks. Kris Middleton was a brilliant spot within the sport for them as he had 27 factors.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 factors, 11 boards and 5 assists in opposition to the Hawks. The MVP favourite is taking part in the perfect basketball he ever has and appears like a prime three participant within the NBA this yr. He’ll be an enormous focus for the Thunder as they attempt to win their first back-to-back video games of the season.

Key Match ups

Paul George vs Giannis Antetokounmpo

Paul George ought to draw this task and let Carmelo Anthony guard Tony Snell. George is coming off a 20 level sport the place he went four/5 from three and picked up 5 rebounds. It was one in every of George’s finest video games in a Thunder uniform.  The Greak Freak has been on an absolute tear to start out the season. George has at all times been a fantastic defender due to his dimension and size and is likely one of the few guys within the league that has the potential to sluggish Giannis down.
The 22-year outdated is averaging 34.7 factors, 10.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and a pair of steals a sport. These numbers shouldn't come as a shock to anybody who has watched basketball lately. His potential is limitless and he continues to develop.
Paul George is averaging 19.5 factors and four.7 rebounds a sport. He's off to a sluggish begin however that ought to not come as a shock. This offense wants time to construct chemistry. Search for his numbers and taking pictures proportion begin to improve because the season strikes alongside.

Russell Westbrook vs Malcom Brogdon

The reigning MVP will get his first shot at this years MVP favourite and it is best to count on him to be able to go. He's averaging 20.eight factors, 9.eight rebounds and 12.2 assists. These are nice numbers, nevertheless it’s apparent Russ is attempting to get a really feel along with his new teammates whereas being a bit passive. The one factor he nonetheless must work on is turnovers. He's averaging 5.5 a sport. As soon as this offense will get clicking and another guys determine on the market roles, he ought to be capable to drop that to round 2 or three.
Brogdon is the person in cost attempting to decelerate Russ. Brogdon is a protracted and underrated defender. He's very sound and is aware of quite a bit about protection from his time at Virginia. Brogdon is a really proficient younger participant. He averages 15.eight factors and four assists a sport. The 24-year outdated is a lifeless eye sharpshooter at an unbelievable 48% to start out the season. You do not need to present him open seems to be. Russ must power him to drive and take away that three level shot.

Steven Adams vs Thon Maker

Steven Adams is off to among the finest begins within the NBA. His 14.5 factors and eight.three rebounds a sport don't do him justice. He does all of the little issues that don't present up within the stat sheet. He's the defensive anchor on the market and makes hustle performs.
With Greg Monroe out, search for Maker to get extra minutes. He can shoot from deep and block pictures along with his lengthy 7′ body. He's one other younger man with a brilliant future for the Bucks. If the Bucks attempt to unfold Maker out, this is perhaps a troublesome match up for Adams.

Keys to the Sport

Turnover Battle

The Thunder have been nice all yr at forcing turnovers. The issue is that they flip the ball over fairly a bit too. They should continue to learn to play with each other and their turnovers ought to drop. Each groups like to play quick so these live-ball turnovers are going to end in straightforward factors.

Restrict three’s

The Bucks are 4th within the league in three level proportion. They've a number of gamers that may knock down pictures. The Thunder should power them to drive the ball as an alternative of giving them the three level shot. It's extremely essential for the Thunder’s rotations and shut outs to be on level.

Rebounding

The Thunder have the sting because the Bucks rank final within the league at rebounds per sport. The Bucks middle, Greg Monroe is out tonight which additionally hurts them within the rebounding sport. The Thunder ought to personal the offensive and defensive glass giving them the chance to get out in transition.
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