Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee into matchup with Brooklyn
Milwaukee Bucks (37-13, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (28-25, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Brooklyn; Monday, 7 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee into a matchup against Brooklyn. He’s eighth in the NBA averaging 26.4 points per game.
The Nets are 20-13 in conference games. Brooklyn is 9-6 in one-possession games.
The Bucks have gone 15-9 away from home. Milwaukee is fourth in the Eastern Conference giving up only 107.3 points and holding opponents to 43.1 percent shooting. The Bucks won the last matchup between these two teams 129-115 on Dec. 29. Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to help lead Milwaukee to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: D’Angelo Russell ranks first on the Nets with 2.7 made 3-pointers and averages 19.6 points while shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. Joe Harris has averaged 2.9 assists and scored 13 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
Antetokounmpo is first on the Bucks with 26.4 points and averages 12.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists. Khris Middleton has averaged 6.5 rebounds and added 16.2 points per game over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bucks: 8-2, averaging 114.8 points, 46.6 rebounds, 25.1 assists, 9.1 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting.
Nets: 7-3, averaging 116.2 points, 50.5 rebounds, 23 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113 points on 44.1 percent shooting.
Nets Injuries: Spencer Dinwiddie: out (torn right thumb ligaments), Caris LeVert: out (right foot dislocation), Jared Dudley: out (left hamstring), Allen Crabbe: out (knee).
Bucks Injuries: Donte DiVincenzo: out (bilateral heel bursitis), Sterling Brown: day to day (right wrist contusion), Jason Smith: day to day (left knee soreness), Eric Bledsoe: day to day (left achilles soreness).