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It should be an exciting matchup between two teams who boast Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic, two players who have won the last three NBA Most Valuable Player Awards. While individual performances by either could carry their teams to a win, the Bucks have the decided personnel advantage.
Milwaukee Bucks def. Denver Nuggets
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|Milwaukee Bucks||Head-to-Head||Denver Nuggets
|Mike Budenholzer||Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|11-8 (6th in East)||Standing||9-9 (9th in West)|
|108.4 (16th of 30)||Off Rtg||106.8 (21st of 30)|
|106.9 (13th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (14th of 30)|
|99.7 (8th of 30)||Pace||95.9 (29th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|G. Antetokounmpo (26.9)||PPG||N. Jokic (26.4)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (11.9)||RPG||N. Jokic (13.6)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (6.0)||APG||N. Jokic (6.4)|
|J. Holiday (1.7)||SPG||N. Jokic (1.2)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (1.9)||BPG||A. Gordon, N. Jokic (0.9)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (.500)/G. Antetokounmpo (9.4)||FG%/FGM||N. Jokic (.593)/N. Jokic (10.3)|
|G. Allen (.428)/G. Allen (3.4)||3P%/3PM||N. Jokic (.410)/W. Barton (2.4)|
|Donte DiVincenzo||Milwaukee Bucks||25 Oct 2021||Out (Foot)||There is no timetable for DiVincenzo’s return.|
|Semi Ojeleye||Milwaukee Bucks||23 Nov 2021||Out (Calf)||Ojeleye missed Milwaukee’s Wednesday (Nov 24) game.|
|Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||24 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||There is no timetable for Lopez’s return after playing just one game this season.|
|Jamal Murray||Denver Nuggets||22 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Murray is recovering from an ACL tear and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||9 Nov 2021||Out (Back)||Porter Jr. is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, according to head coach Michael Malone.|
|Nikola Jokic||Denver Nuggets||24 Nov 2021||Day-to-Day (Wrist)||Jokic missed Denver’s Tuesday (Nov 23) game.|
|Bones Hyland||Denver Nuggets||24 Nov 2021||Day-to-Day (Ankle)||Hyland missed Denver’s Tuesday (Nov 23) game.|
The Milwaukee Bucks are slowly returning to good health. As they work their way back to one-hundred percent, they can’t get complacent against an undermanned Nuggets team.
When Milwaukee face off against Denver, they need to key in on the Nuggets’ key playmakers. The pair of Facundo Campazzo, Will Barton, and Monte Morris combined for 15 of the team’s 26 assists.
If the Bucks can limit Denver’s playmaking from the tip, they can stifle Denver’s offence. With or without Jokic, Milwaukee must force Denver into as many isolation plays as possible.
— Mike Cianciolo (@MikeCianciolo) November 20, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks got off to a fantastic start to open their last game against the Magic. Due to their early success, Milwaukee’s stars didn’t need to play heavy minutes. However, the Bucks still need Khris Middleton to find his groove.
Middleton has been back in the lineup for four five games now, after missing eight consecutive matches. The Bucks All-Star is coming off of an 11 point, 9 rebound, and 4 assist game.
Since coming back, Middleton’s shooting has been below 40% for three out of his five games played. While Denver are undermanned, Middleton’s signature offensive efficiency must return for the Bucks to look like proper title threats again.
The Denver Nuggets are heavy underdogs going into this matchup and it’s very clear why. Missing their starting point guard Jamal Murray and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic in recent games, Denver must do the dirty work to stay competitive.
In the Milwaukee Bucks’ losses, they’ve been outrebounded by an average of 9.1 while also shooting just 30.5% from three-point range.
Controlling Milwaukee in the paint and the perimeter is a tall task for a shorthanded team like Denver. If the Nuggets can battle with the Bucks from three and in the paint, they could pull off an upset.
Will Barton plays that classic street game on the NBA court and I love it. Nasty. pic.twitter.com/qTZCuTKhSR
— Ball Don’t Stop (@balldontstop) November 20, 2021
The Denver Nuggets are in free-fall, especially with Jokic’s availability in doubt. While the reigning MVP missed Denver’s last game, it is Nuggets mainstay Will Barton who needs to step up whether Jokic is available or not.
Barton is coming off of an 11 point, 8 rebound, and 7 assist game. He was modest on the offensive end, but made it a point to try and contribute in other categories.
One of the team’s more talented individual scorers, Barton must be aggressive on the offensive end. While Denver’s defence is inconsistent without their pillar in the middle, Barton can still keep them competitive with his scoring.
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|Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets Information|
|Teams||Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets|
|Location||Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Time||9:00 PM EST, November 26th, 2021|
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