Fixture: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date & Time: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 PM ET (Friday, 12:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
The third-placed team in the Eastern Conference, Boston Celtics, travel to Milwaukee to face the leaders of the conference, Bucks on Thursday. The Bucks, quite impressively, have lost just six games in the season maintaining a 0.857 record. They have won their last four games and lost just one in their last 10. Their last game ended in a comfortable win over New York Knicks. In the 128-102 victory, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 37 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, playing just three quarters. Leading the team to a conference finals and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player award last season, Giannis has kept improving as a player. In the 2019/20 season, he is averaging 30 points, with 12.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game apart from defensive contributions of 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
Their Thursday’s opponents, Celtics, are currently 0.692 on the season with 27 wins and 12 losses. Their form has been on the decline recently with their most recent game ending in a loss against Detroit Pistons.
For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum has been a consistent performer averaging a career-high 21.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Having lost five in their last 10 games, the Celtics travel to one of the toughest places in the league.
Injury updates & team news
Injuries: Donte DiVincenzo (Finger sprain)- Probable, Wesley Matthews (Finger sprain)- Probable, Frank Mason III – Out
Expected starting line-up: Eric Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez
Injuries: Jaylen Brown (Thumb sprain)- Probable, Robert Williams (Hip)- Out, Jayson Tatum (Knee)- Out
Expected starting line-up: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter
With an impressive home record of 19-2, and an overall 0.857 on the season, the Bucks might just power their way past Boston on Thursday.