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Hawks vs Bucks Predictions: Atlanta Must Take Care of the Ball

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated November 14, 2022
11 min read
  • The Atlanta Hawks look to get back on the winning trend after a loss in their last game.
  • The Bucks earned their second loss of the season in their last game, looking to prevent their first losing streak of the season.
  • The Hawks won their last meeting with the Bucks, 117-98.

Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Picks

The Milwaukee Bucks are shorthanded and coming off of a disappointing loss. With Trae Young back in the lineup and owning the confidence from a win over the Bucks earlier this season, the Hawks should find victory.


Atlanta Hawks def. Milwaukee Bucks

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Hawks vs Bucks Predictions

Head-to-Head: Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks

Atlanta Hawks
Head-to-HeadMilwaukee Bucks
Nate McMillanHead CoachMike Budenholzer
8-5 (4th in East)Standing10-2 (1st in East)
112.3 (16th of 30)Off Rtg110.2 (23rd of 30)
110.8 (10th of 30)Def Rtg104.2 (1st of 30)
101.7 (6th of 30)Pace99.8 (15th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

T. Young (27.4)PPGG. Antetokounmpo (31.8)
C. Capela (12.0)RPGG. Antetokounmpo (12.2)
T. Young (9.3)APGJ. Holiday (7.9)
D. Murray (2.2)SPGJ. Carter (1.6)
C. Capela (1.5)BPGB. Lopez (2.7)
O. Okongwu (.672)/D. Murray (8.8)FG%/FGMG. Antetokounmpo (.542)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.4)
A. Holiday (.500)/T. Young (2.3)3P%/3PMG. Allen (.426)/J. Holiday (2.4)

Injury Report

Bogdan BogdanovicAtlanta Hawks4 Nov 2022Out (Knee)There is no timetable for Bogdanovic's return.
Onyeka OkongwuAtlanta Hawks12 Nov 2022Day to Day (Personal)Okongwu was OUT for Atlanta's Saturday (Nov 12) game.
Joe InglesMilwaukee Bucks25 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Ingles isn't expected to return until January.
Pat ConnaughtonMilwaukee Bucks16 Oct 2022Out (Calf)Connaughton is expected to miss about three weeks.
Khris MiddletonMilwaukee Bucks17 Oct 2022Out (Wrist)There is no timetable for Middleton's return to play.
A.J. GreenMilwaukee Bucks1 Nov 2022Out (Nose)Green is expected to miss about three weeks.
Giannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks12 Nov 2022Day to Day (Knee)Antetokounmpo was OUT for Milwaukee's Friday (Nov. 11) game.
Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks12 Nov 2022Out (Wrist)Holiday was OUT for Milwaukee's Friday (Nov. 11) game.

ATL: Atlanta Must Take Care of the Ball

The Atlanta Hawks enter this game off the back of a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. Not only were they unable to protect the paint, but their own unforced errors contributed greatly to their loss. To beat the Bucks, they must do more to limit turnovers.

In their last game the Atlanta Hawks committed 18 turnovers while forcing just 12 out of their opponents. Turnovers are central to their losses, as they commit +2.4 more turnovers in defeat versus in victory.

The Milwaukee Bucks don't pressure the ball a great amount, forcing just 14.4 turnovers per game - good enough for just 19th in the league. If Atlanta can take care of the ball, their scoring should be enough to take down a shorthanded Bucks team.

Hawks Key Player: (G) Trae Young

The Atlanta Hawks are coming off of a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, where Trae Young starred. He was very productive in the loss, and will be itching to put on another good performance against the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks.

In his last game, Trae Young posted 27 points, 11 assists, and 1 steal in 37 minutes of play. He shot just 8 of 18 from the field, 2 of 7 from three, and committed 7 turnovers on the evening.

While he missed his last game against Milwaukee, Young posted an impressive 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in his first outing against Milwaukee in late October. Hobbled with injury, the Bucks look as if they'll be unable to stop a concentrated Trae Young effort.

MIL: The Milwaukee Bucks Veterans Need to Step Up

The Milwaukee Bucks come into this game on a loss, just their second of the season. They project to be missing a number of key players in this game, so they'll be looking for production in unique places in order to take down the Atlanta Hawks.

In their last game, a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Bucks struggled to find consistent production from their reserves. While Serge Ibaka put on a good shift, veteran guards George Hill and Wes Matthews failed to help Milwaukee's cause.

The pair of Matthews and Hill combined for just 7 points on 1 of 14 shooting from the field. If the Bucks have any hope of taking down the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee need their veterans to produce efficiently.

Bucks Key Player: (G) Jevon Carter

Since he's been thrust into a greater role with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jevon Carter has proven himself to be an impressive lead guard. Shorthanded and looking for production, Carter will need to show that his recent play hasn't been a fluke.

Over his last two games, Carter is averaging 28.5 points, 9.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 38.0 minutes per game. He's been particularly impressive shooting the ball, and his ability to create for others has been a bonus.

Carter's defensive acumen will be put to the test when the Bucks take on the Hawks. He's been shouldering most of the load on the offensive end as of late. But he'll need to do his fair share when trying to keep Trae Young and Dejounte Murray in check.

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  • Who: Atlanta Hawks & Milwaukee Bucks
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Atlanta, GA
  • When: 8:00 PM EST, Monday, November 14th, 2022
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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