The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for an out-and-out blockbuster between LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
13:00 (AEDT), Tue 30th Mar @ Staples Center, Los Angeles
History: Played 120: Bucks 68 V Clippers 52
Last meeting: February 28, 2021: Bucks 105 d Clippers 100 at Fiserv Forum
Final Thoughts: Third in the Western Conference hosts the East’s third-placed team in one of the week’s standout NBA fixtures.
The 31-16 Clippers are on a five-game tear, beating the Hornets, Hawks, Spurs (twice) and 76ers by nine-plus. They accounted for the East-leading Sixers 122-112 two days ago, with Kawhi Leonard (28 pts) and Paul George (24 pts, 9 reb, 9 ast) in top form.
This will be the Clippers’ sixth game in 10 days, however, and fatigue may be a factor. Big man Serge Ibaka remains sidelined, but Ivica Zubac is filling in adequately.
The 29-16 Bucks are trying to arrest a two-game slide, which has come on the back of a eight-game winning run.
Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Milwaukee’s 102-96 loss to the Knicks. Older brother Thanasis (23 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast) starred in his absence, but Giannis will return for this blockbuster.
Bucks shoot for five straight against Clippers
The Bucks are on a four-game winning streak against the Clippers, including a 105-100 home victory last month.
Antetokounmpo (36 pts, 14 reb, 5 ast) led the Bucks’ fourth-quarter rally, while Khris Middleton (19 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast) had a strong all-round game. Leonard (25 pts, 9 reb) was the Clippers’ standout.
The Clippers are 16-6 at home this season (13-9 ATS). The Bucks are 11-9 on the road with the second-worst away cover record in the league (7-13).
The Bucks score more points per game than any team, but their 20th-ranked defence will be strenuously tested here. The Clippers sit sixth in the NBA for points scored and conceded per game – and they should get the job done at home, where they have won five straight by nine points or more.
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