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The NBA’s Monday night schedule tips off, and there are eight exciting matchups for fans and bettors to consider. It projects to be a one-sided matchup in the Eastern Conference when the Bucks and Wizards face off, but there’s still plenty to take away when the game tips off!
Entering this game on a four-game win streak, the Milwaukee Bucks (9-4) aim to become the third Eastern Conference team to ten wins. The Washington Wizards (2-10) are almost in the opposite situation. On a five-game losing streak and already on ten losses, the odds are against the Wizards to turn their fortunes around.
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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards are moving in different directions in the Eastern Conference table. While both have talented pieces in their respective lineups, the Bucks have a clear edge regarding overall ability and execution.
As expected when they acquired All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, the Milwaukee Bucks have transformed into one of the NBA’s most talented offensive units. Averaging 119.2 points (5th) on 49.1% from the field (4th) and 38.1% from three (5th), the Bucks have proven capable of scoring against any team. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the way for the Bucks, averaging 29.3 points and 9.9 rebounds on 59.6% shooting from the field.
The Washington Wizards will put up a fight on Monday evening, even if the odds are against them. They’re one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, but they move the ball with purpose (8.6 assists per game, 8th) and pressure offenses into turnovers (16.4 turnovers forced per game, 5th). Kyle Kuzma has been the squad leader, averaging 23.5 points and 2.4 threes per game on 46.4% shooting from the field.
Delon Wright (Knee) will be unavailable for the Wizards when the game tips off on Monday night. For the Bucks, Jae Crowder (Groin) is out, while Khris Middleton (Knee), MarJon Beauchamp (Ankle), and Chris Livingston (Ankle) are all listed as day-to-day.
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One of the sole bright spots for the Washington Wizards this season, Kyle Kuzma has shown his quality as the first option. While the Wizards struggle on the defensive end, Kuzma at least provides reliability for Washington on the offensive side of the ball. He can’t afford a poor night, especially being matched with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
On the season, Kuzma is averaging 23.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.4 threes per game on 46.4% from the field and 35.4% from three-point range. His efficiency doesn’t jump off the stat sheet, but the Wizards still value his volume productivity.
Kuzma has been willing to shoot the ball from deep this season. He’s hit three or more threes in six of his 12 matches, even against stout defenses like those of Miami, Philadelphia, and Boston. He's more than willing to get his shots up, so expect Kuzma to convert three or more threes - regardless of efficiency.
One of the biggest surprises of the Milwaukee Bucks' early season was Malik Beasley's play. The Bucks guard came in as a three-point specialist, but he's exceeded expectations since joining the team. With the spacing afforded him by teammates Lillard and Antetokounmpo, Beasley has capitalized on his opportunities.
On the season, Beasley averages 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 threes per game on 49.0% from the field and 46.1% from the three-point range. He's hit three or more threes in six of his 13 games this season, even converting on a season-high eight threes in a 16-point victory over the Raptors.
Against a Wizards team in the bottom-third of three-pointers allowed per game, expect Beasley to quickly fulfill this prop.
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
When: 7:00 PM EST, Monday, November 20, 2023
TV: Bally Sports WI, MNMT
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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