The Milwaukee Bucks continue their road trip on Wednesday night, as they head to the desert for a meeting with the Phoenix Suns. This could be a tricky game that the Bucks have to navigate through. Despite playing red-hot basketball recently, this isn’t a game that the Bucks can coast through or they’re going to get burned. The Bucks head to Arizona on a five-game winning streak.
Since losing against the Charlotte Hornets on January 30, the Bucks have been on fire and finally reaching their potential. The Bucks didn’t look spectacular early in the season, but they’ve been able to get things going in the right direction nicely recently. They are coming off a 125-112 win over the Nuggets in Denver on Monday. It was a game in the first-half, as the Nuggets took a three-point advantage into halftime.
The Bucks were able to take the contest over in the second-half, though, as they put the game on cruise control in the fourth quarter. Nikola Jokic had a big game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the hot hand of Giannis and Khris Middleton. Giannis scored 30 points and 9 boards, while Middleton was hot from the floor, with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 12 assists.
It was quite the shooting night for Middleton, who is averaging 20.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Head coach Mike Budenholzer played Giannis at the five spot with Brook Lopez off the floor, and if there’s any doubt that he can’t play center, he continues to do whatever is asked of him. If Middleton continues to play at a high level like we saw against the Nuggets, everything is going to open up for Giannis.
Thanks to their five-game winning streak, the Bucks go into Phoenix with a record of 16-8 to put them 1.5 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers won last night in Sacramento, 119-111, while the Brooklyn Nets took an ugly loss against the Pistons, 122-111, at Little Caesars in Detroit. I know the Nets aren’t at full strength right now, but even when they were, their defense would run into a world of problems against the Bucks in their current form.
The Suns are hot right now, too, with six wins in their previous seven outings. They retooled their roster to address the defense to give Devin Booker some support. It has paid off for the Suns, who are surging up the leaderboard in the Western Conference. They’re fourth in the West with a record of 14-9. There is room for improvement no doubt, but an upset in the playoffs doesn’t seem too outlandish. Head below for our free Bucks vs. Suns pick on February 10, 2021.
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The Suns are keeping their fingers crossed for a letdown spot on Wednesday night for the Bucks. On a road trip following a win over the Nuggets, it’s possible that the Bucks overlook the Suns in this one. The Bucks wouldn’t be the first team to take the Suns lightly this season. Having said that, if the Bucks keep the pressure and gas pedal down on Wednesday night, the Suns will likely find it tough to slow down Giannis and company.
They’re in a groove right now and could continue their torrid pace in the desert in this one. The Bucks have scored 127.2 points per game during their five-game winning streak. They’ve made it look easy against some quality defenses as well. Overall on the season, the Bucks lead the NBA with an average of 121.3 points scored per game.
They can work from the inside or outside and find success. The Bucks are connecting at a successful clip of 40.1% from beyond the three-point line. That’s good for third in the league, while they’re second in the league with a field goal percentage of 49.4%. A big test awaits them against a significantly improved Suns’ defense.
The Suns are a more respected team this season because of their defense. The defensive side of the floor has been a mess during the Devin Booker era. Well, that’s until this season, where the Suns have conceded just 107 points per game for fourth in the NBA. However, I don’t feel like they’re in elite company yet, and will likely still have issues slowing down the high-scoring offense in the NBA.
Chris Paul is listed as questionable, but he was on Monday as well and still played against the Cavaliers in a 119-113 win. With the Bucks in town, I think the offense is going to have to get going for the Suns. They might have to scrap the defensive mindset and push the issue offensively a little more if the Bucks slice through the Suns early. I could see it happening. There might be one or two defenses in the NBA that can contain the Bucks, but don’t see it being the Suns tonight. A 116-112 or 120-111 final score looks about right here.