On Monday, February 4 there is going to be a meeting between the two hottest teams in basketball featuring the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. In this game, fans will see the Giannis-led Bucks travel to Brooklyn to take on D’Angelo Russel and the Nets.
In this Eastern Conference matchup, there will be a clash of scorching hot teams. The Nets are 19-6 in their last 25 games while the Bucks are 20-5 in their last 25.
After hitting a rough patch and going on an eight-game losing streak, the Nets have managed to turn their season around. They are now looking like a solid playoff team.
Even after losing budding star Caris LeVert to injury the Nets seem to be on the upswing. They have shown that they can at least keep up against any team.
The Bucks, on the other hand, are still running the East and looking like legitimate championship contenders.
This matchup will be a potential look deeper into the playoffs as well as a benchmark game for both teams as the season is closing in on the All-Star Break.
On the Offensive
This game will be much more offensively minded. Both teams have shown that they have the ability to score.
Each team has scored over 140 points at least once this season, and each team has scored over 130 points on several occasions.
The Nets will be looking to see a lot of production from D’Angelo Russel. With key guard Spencer Dinwiddie out, Russel is going to have to pick up some slack. If Russel is able to not only score, but facilitate scoring for his team the Nets should be in a very favorable spot.
The Bucks have a high powered offense which ranks second in points per game. Led almost entirely by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks run everything through him.
They will also be looking for some production from small forward Khris Middleton and point guard Eric Bledsoe. Both of these players have found their role on this offense and seeing how they work together is special.
Back on D
On the defensive end of the ball, the Bucks will be looking to Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell. These wings are long and have the ability to defend multiple positions. Brogdon will need to have the answers as he will most likely be put against D’Angelo Russel.
For the Nets, they will be looking to Jarrett Allen to have a game. Allen is not afraid to attack the ball and go up for blocks. He is becoming notorious for getting big blocks on superstars, including a huge block on Antetokounmpo.
While both teams are hot right now the Bucks will still come away with the win here. The Bucks simply have too great of an offense for the Nets to handle right now, especially since the Nets could be dealing with some more injuries.
That does not mean it won’t be close though.
Final score: Nets 110-118 Bucks.