The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim for the heavyweight LA Clippers’ home clash with the improving New Orleans Pelicans.
12:00 (AEDT), Tue 26th Nov @ Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
History: Played 100: Jazz 55 V Bucks 45
Last meeting: November 8, 2019: Jazz 103 d Bucks 100 at Vivint Smart Home Arena
Final Thoughts: The Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks host Western Conference hopefuls the Utah Jazz in arguably the pick of a bumper day of NBA showdowns.
The 13-3 Bucks have won 11 of 12 games in November, including their last seven straight. The last six victories have come by eight points or more, including a 104-90 home win over the Pistons on the weekend.
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to terrorise opponents, averaging 29.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists. But the likes of Eric Bledsoe are offering solid support.
Milwaukee are scoring an NBA-high 119.8 points per game. They also have the second-best defensive rating in the league.
The only team ranked above the Bucks defensively? The Utah Jazz.
The 11-5 Jazz are fifth in the West, winning seven of their last nine. They put away the Timberwolves, Warriors and Pelicans in the past five days.
Donovan Mitchell went off for a season-high 37 points against New Orleans. Rebound machine Rudy Gobert missed the game, however, and is in doubt for this heavyweight match-up.
Jazz call the tune in Bucks rivalry
The Jazz have won nine of their last 11 against the Bucks, including a 103-100 home victory earlier this month. Bojan Bogdanovic (33 pts) and Mike Conley both drained five threes for Utah to negate a strong showing from Milwaukee’s forward duo Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 pts, 13 reb, 4 ast) and Khris Middleton (26 pts, 11 reb).
But the Bucks have won their last two at home against the Jazz. They carved out a 114-102 result at Fiserv Forum last season.
The Bucks are 5-1 at home this season; the Jazz are 3-4 on the road.
The Jazz are serious contenders. But with Gobert in doubt in a team ranked bottom-six for scoring, the visitors are set to find the going tough in Milwaukee.
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