The Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks are scheduled to do battle on Sunday evening at the Fiserv Forum. It was a tough night for the Kings in Chicago on Saturday. With the Bulls playing on a back-to-back after losing in Philadelphia the night before, the Kings came out flat and looked like the team that played 24 hours ago.
The loss pushed the Kings’ losing streak to six straight games. They are reeling at the moment after a fairly promising start to the season. The Kings were riding a four-game winning streak before hitting this wall. Their best chance of ending it was last night against the Bulls at the United Center.
There are absolutely no breaks to be had for the Bulls in their schedule. After this contest against the Bucks, the Bulls will head to Brooklyn for a meeting against the Nets. The possibility of their six-game losing streak ballooning into eight games is looking highly probable. Their next best opportunity to win is on Thursday against the New York Knicks, though they’re still going to be on the road.
The Kings won’t be home until February 28 against the Charlotte Hornets. They will wrap up their road trip on February 26 against the Detroit Pistons, so you have to believe that the Kings can stop the bleeding either against the Knicks or Pistons. As a result of this slide, the Kings go into Milwaukee with a record of 12-17, and need to win straight up as double-digit underdogs to avoid a seven-game skid.
Milwaukee was in action on Friday night against the OKC Thunder. They didn’t have to do anything too exotic with the useless Thunder offense in town. Giannis and Khris Middleton had impressive games, with Giannis going for 29 points and 19 rebounds, along with 8 assists as he neared a triple-double. Middleton chipped in with 20 points and 8 rebounds to help the Bucks out to a 98-85 win.
It was a nice response for the Bucks after they struggled in a 110-96 loss against the Raptors. They will be going into Sunday night with a record of 17-13. The Bucks have looked okay this season, but not in NBA Finals form. They are missing something, and maybe pull something off at the trade deadline. If not, it’s hard to see the Bucks make it out of the Eastern Conference despite Giannis’ presence. Head below for our free Kings vs. Bucks pick on February 21, 2021.
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The Sacramento Kings will have to find it in themselves to play some defense against one of the best offenses in the NBA on Sunday. Despite scoring fewer than 100 points in their last two games, the Bucks can easily turn the heat up at any moment. They didn’t have to pour it on against the Thunder on Friday. The Thunder couldn’t score anything, so the Bucks slowed the pace down and just grinded out a 98-85 win.
Against the Kings tonight, the Bucks might have to run a little more offensively. The Kings will likely push the pace and do what they’re best at. If they expect to win trying to play defense, then they have another thing coming. Note that the Kings are 30th in the NBA with an average of 119.3 points allowed per game. They have been unable to defend against the bad offenses in the league, so it’s hard to see them having an impact against the Bucks on a back-to-back.
Milwaukee was slow offensively in their last two outings, though this is a team scoring 118.9 points per game for second in the league. This is likely a spot where the Bucks get their offense right again and on track. Along with 118.9 points a game, the Bucks are shooting 48.6% from the field, and 39.3% from deep. If there is anything that they could improve it’s their free-throw shooting, as the Bucks are 28th in that regard at 72.8%.
Dating back over five years ago, the Kings and Bucks have always made for an entertaining contest. In their previous ten games, the OVER has gone a perfect 10-0, including their most recent meeting on February 10, 2020, a 123-111 win for the Bucks. In their last four games, an average of 250.25 points have been scored. We may not see 250 points, but 240 looks reachable in Milwaukee.