Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- The Golden State Warriors look to bounce back after a loss to a Western Conference rival!
- The Milwaukee Bucks hope to stop their losing streak at two.
- The Warriors and Bucks split their series last season, 1-1.
Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
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Head-to-Head: Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Golden State Warriors||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks |
|Steve Kerr||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|30-10 (2nd in West)||Standing||26-17 (4th in East)|
|111.0 (12th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.1 (7th of 30)|
|102.4 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||108.4 (9th of 30)|
|98.7 (13th of 30)||Pace||99.2 (10th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|S. Curry (26.8)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (28.4)|
|D. Green (7.6)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (11.4)|
|D. Green (7.4)||APG||J. Holiday (6.7)|
|S. Curry, D. Green (1.4)||SPG||J. Holiday (1.6)|
|D. Green (1.2)||BPG||G. Antetokounmpo (1.4)|
|G. Payton II (.650)/S. Curry (8.6)||FG%/FGM||G. Antetokounmpo (.541)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.0)|
|A. Wiggins (.421)/S. Curry (5.0)||3P%/3PM||W. Matthews (.429)/G. Allen (2.7)|
|James Wiseman||Golden State Warriors||1 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Wiseman has been cleared to participate in full team practices, but there is no timetable for his return.|
|Draymond Green||Golden State Warriors||11 Jan 2022||Out (Calf)||Green was OUT for Golden State’s Tuesday (Jan 11) game.|
|Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||2 Dec 2021||Out (Back)||Lopez underwent back surgery and is out indefinitely.|
|Grayson Allen||Milwaukee Bucks||4 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Allen has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Jrue Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks||7 Jan 2022||Out (Ankle)||Holiday was OUT for Milwaukee’s Monday (Jan 10) game.|
|George Hill||Milwaukee Bucks||9 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Hill has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
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How Can the Warriors Beat the Bucks?
The Golden State Warriors are one of the fiercest teams in the NBA. While they have some key players unavailable, the Warriors must maintain focus on the defensive side of the ball.
In their last game, a loss to the Grizzlies, the Warriors were unable to control the pace of the game or contain the perimeter. Golden State allowed their opponents to shoot 44% on 100 attempts while also allowing 14 three-point field goals on 41.2% efficiency.
The Bucks also enjoy a high-tempo game where Antetokounmpo creates opportunities for his shooters. If the Warriors’ paint defense and subsequent recovery can’t keep up with the Bucks, it’ll be another in the loss column.
Wiggs wasted zero time getting to work
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 12, 2022
When the Warriors face off against the Bucks, they’ll need multiple contributors to make up for the defensive focus on Stephen Curry. Andrew Wiggins must step up.
In his last game, a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Andrew Wiggins was a poor 5 of 12 from the field while contributing just 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Should the Warriors beat the Bucks, they will need an efficient effort from Wiggins in order to open up the court for their number one option.
How Can the Bucks Beat the Warriors?
The Milwaukee Bucks step into this game off of a disappointing loss. To steal a victory this time out, their bench unit needs to support their efforts.
In their last match, the Bucks’ bench unit combined for a disappointing 3 of 23 shooting from the field. Only Rodney Hood and Sandro Mamukelashvili made a field goal off the bench for Milwaukee, while mainstays Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo struggled.
It isn’t just about making shots, but also converting on good shots. While the bench must do more to support Milwaukee’s starters, they can’t sacrifice efficiency.
Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounpmo
“You looked a little bit like Jokic on that last pass to Bobby in the corner.”
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 13, 2022
The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to regain some form and the burden is on the shoulders of Giannis Antetokounmpo. What he creates for his teammates will determine how well the Bucks perform.
Antetokounmpo is coming off of a 26-point, 13 rebound, and 8 assist game against the Charlotte Hornets. Despite his production, Antetokounmpo couldn’t make up Milwaukee’s early hole alone.
The depth advantage is clearly in favor of the Bucks, but they won’t be able to take advantage without the attention that Antetokounmpo draws. Simply put, Antetokounmpo must be individually aggressive to help the Bucks flourish as a unit.
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How to Watch Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks Information|
|Teams||Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks|
|Location||Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, January 13th, 2022|
|How to Watch||TNT|
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