Bucks Preview: Milwaukee set for rematch against Boston
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Bucks (29-14) take on the Boston Celtics (21-23) for the second time in as many days at 6:30pm CT. tonight, March 26, at Fiserv Forum.
The rematch of Wednesday night's 121-119 Bucks victory will be the team's first game since the eventful NBA trade deadline closed on Thursday.
While the Bucks made no changes before the deadline, Milwaukee will see some new faces in the familiar Celtics lineup Friday night.
Boston made multiple moves Thursday, including; the acquisition of Orlando star Evan Fournier, which cost Boston veteran point guard Jeff Teague and two second-round picks.
The Celtics also tradded forward Daniel Theis, who had just missed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer against the Bucks on Wednesday evening, and second-year guard Javonte Green to Chicago and received Moritz Wagner from Washington and Chicago center Luke Kornet in the same deal.
Fournier will not be with the team tonight in Milwaukee, but no word has been released if Wagner and Kornet will be available in tonight's game for the Celtics.
The Bucks, winners of eight-straight, are looking for their fifth-straight home victory in tonight's outing against the Celtics. Despite putting up 121 against a deep, yet under-performing, Boston team on Wednesday, Milwaukee will look to close out tonight's game better after allowing Boston to mount a 33-21 fourth quarter comeback that nearly gave the Celtics the win Wednesday.
Who to look out for: Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing like the MVP of the league right now, averaging 24.8 points per game on 51.4 percent shooting from the field over the last 10 games. The Bucks are 9-1 over that period. On the Boston side of the floor, Jayson Tatum leads all Celtics players with 24.8 points per game and hauling in 6.8 rebounds per game. The Celtics are 4-6 in their last 10 outings.
Injury Report: Milwaukee will be without forwards P.J. Tucker (Calf), Bobby Portis (health and safety protocol) and Rodions Kurucs (health and safety protocols)). Boston will miss forward Tristan Thompson (health and safety protocols), guard Romeo Langford (health and safety protocols) and small forward Semi Ojeleye (hip).
Overall: Tonight's rematch will test the Bucks effort and desire to overcome complacency during their longest win streak of the season. Boston, two games under .500, desperately needs a win to get their season back on track.