Milwaukee Bucks rely on defense

Milwaukee Bucks rely on defense

The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping to take advantage of their strength, which is their defense, when they meet the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks on the other hand is a team whose strength is offense, so going against them is an automatic shootout. In other words, the meeting between these two teams is a defense versus offense game. It only depends on how the Bucks and the Hawks will make their strengths at their advantage. The meeting between these two teams will be on January 12, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), as the Bucks travel to the Hawks.

These two teams are both in the Eastern Conference, but when it comes to the standings, the Bucks is a better team. The hosts are currently at the 9th spot of the Eastern Conference, a spot where it is not yet safe for them. From their 40 games, the hosts have won only 19 games, and lost to 21 games. Luckily, considering that they will play at home in this game, they are actually doing well, winning 11 home games from their 19. As for the visitors, they are currently at the third spot of the Eastern Conference. With that, it is almost sure that they will indeed qualify for the playoffs. They won 26 games from their 40 games, while winning 10 of their 19 away games.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
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Defense have always been the Bucks’ key to success, but it is not surprising though as they have one of the league’s best shot blocker. However, although they are doing well in defense, they continue to struggle on offense. The three-point line is where they struggle the most, shooting only 34.4% from deep, the 20th-highest-three-point shooting percentage. They are a better team if they are shooting inside the paint or attacking the basket. Even in the free-throw line, they are not doing well, shooting only 74.1% in that area. If they continue on missing those free-throw shots, they cannot expect them to win this game. It is good though that they proved that they are a team capable of contesting shots. They are at the 19th in offense, with 112.4 points per game, and 8th in defense, giving up 111.1 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the one who leads the Bucks, as he is scoring 31.7 points per game, along with 11.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assist. Jrue Holiday is also producing numbers for the Bucks, chipping in 18.1 points per game, and 7.1 assists. However, it is unfortunate for the Bucks because Serge Ibaka is questionable for this game, and Kris Middleton is out.

Atlanta Hawks

NBA: Atlanta Hawks
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This squad is the complete opposite of their opponents, as they rely on offense to win their matches. However, some of their players have failed to step-up in offense, failing to be consistent in the three-point line. From deep, they are not doing that well in that area, shooting only 33.1% from deep. This three-point shooting percentage is the 27th in the league, but luckily, they are doing well in the free-throw line. The Hawks are shooting 81.8% from the free-throw line, the fourth-highest in the league. Additionally, this team proved that they are a team capable of contesting shots as well. They are not doing that bad in defense, they are just better in offense. They are the 11th in offense with 115.3 points per game, and the 22nd in defense, giving up 116.4 points per game.

Trae Young is the one leading the Hawks with 27.5 points per game, along with 9.8 assist. Dejounte Murray also contributes for the Hawks, having 20.4 points per game, and 6.1 assists. Clint Capela is listed out in this game, due to his calf injury.


Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.87

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