Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee into matchup against Dallas
Milwaukee Bucks (40-13, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (25-28, 11th in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Friday, 8 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee into a matchup against Dallas. He’s eighth in the league averaging 27.0 points per game.
The Mavericks have gone 19-7 at the American Airlines Center. Dallas averages 15.3 turnovers per game and is 14-6 when they win the turnover battle.
The Bucks have gone 17-9 away from home. Milwaukee is 30-3 in games decided by at least 10 points. The two teams square off for the second time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Luka Doncic is scoring 20.6 points and averaging 7.1 rebounds for the Mavericks. Dorian Finney-Smith is shooting 61.1 percent and has averaged 9.6 points over the last 10 games for Dallas.
Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 12.4 rebounds and averages 27.0 points. Eric Bledsoe has scored 16.7 points and collected 4.5 rebounds while shooting 44.4 percent over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bucks: 9-1, averaging 117.7 points, 47 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 9.6 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting.
Mavericks: 5-5, averaging 105.1 points, 46.8 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 5.2 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting.
Mavericks Injuries: Kristaps Porzingis: out for season (knee), J.J. Barea: out for season (lower leg).
Bucks Injuries: Nikola Mirotic: day to day (right calf strain), Donte DiVincenzo: day to day (bilateral heel bursitis), Khris Middleton: out (rest).