In the second night of a back-to-back, the Nuggets will face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks for the second and final time in the regular season.
In our last meeting back on February 3rd, our Joker recorded his first career triple-double in a 121-117 win in the Pepsi Center.
That night, Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in 41 minutes, followed by Nikola Jokic with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists in 32 minutes (he was on a 25-28 minute restriction following his return from his hip flexor strain). The Nuggets were without Danilo Gallinari, who had suffered a groin injury.
The Bucks were led by Jabari Parker and his 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists and Giannis Antetokounmpo with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
In that meeting, the Nuggets shot 44.9% from the field, making 40-89, 32.1% from beyond the arc, and 72.7% from the free throw line. Denver had 56 rebounds, 31 assists, 52 points in the paint, and 15 turnovers.
Milwaukee shot 54.2% from the field on 45 of 83 shots, 37.5% from three point land, and 78.3% from the charity stripe. The Bucks had 48 rebounds, 26 assists, 62 points in the paint, and 18 turnovers.
The Bucks are currently sitting at 10th in the East with a record of 26-32 while the Nuggets continue to hold on to the eighth seed in the West with a record of 27-33 following last nights win over Chicago. The Nuggets are sitting two full games over the Kings and two and a half games over the Trail Blazers and Mavericks.
Nuggets Stats: Bucks Stats:
FG%: 46.2 FG%: 47.7
RPG: 46.6 RPG: 41.2
Last 10: 5-5 Last 10: 5-5
Keys to Victory, Courtesy of Sean:
1. Playing the second night of a back to back, the Nuggets need someone to bring energy to avoid a let down.
2. This team goes as Jokic goes. When he was struggling to score, the team did not play well. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds after recording a triple-double last night.
3. Second half defense was key for the Nuggets win in Chicago. For the Nuggets to pull this one out, they must replicate that defensive effort.
Kenneth Faried (back) out
Michael Beasley (knee) out
**TIPOFF IS AT 6:00 PM MST**