The Cavaliers played in San Antonio on Thursday night and will travel to Toronto for a game on Monday to conclude their three-game road swing. Meanwhile, Milwaukee will be playing this game on the second night of a back-to-back after taking on the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday. The Bucks are tied for the best record in the NBA after winning 22 of its first 25 games and they lead the Eastern Conference standings by 3.5-games. Meanwhile, Cleveland is battling through another lost season after getting out to a 6-19 start. Will the Bucks take care of business at home against the Cavaliers on Saturday?
Thompson, Beilein get into it on bench in win vs. SpursThe Cavaliers are trying to continue their momentum after stunning the Spurs in San Antonio to open their three-game road trip on Thursday night. Kevin Love scored 30 points and hauled in 17 rebounds while hitting a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime in the Cavs’ 117-109 win. Collin Sexton finished with 28 points while Kevin Porter Jr. added 25 off of the bench for the Cavaliers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.
Cleveland fans will have to wait a little longer to get a look at rookie shooting guard Dylan Windler, who suffered a setback in his return from a leg injury that has cost him the first 25 games of his rookie season. Windler, the 26th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, will be re-evaluated in two weeks after re-aggravating a stress reaction n his lower left leg.
It looks like John Beilein wasn't happy with Tristan Thompson's effort on the boards 🤔 pic.twitter.com/SNALGVjIEN— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 13, 2019
Cavaliers’ head coach Job Beilein and power forward Tristan Thompson appeared to get into it on the bench during Cleveland’s win over the Spurs on Thursday. The incident occurred after Thompson appeared to lag behind the play on a Spurs’ fast break. Thompson was promptly benched for the fourth quarter and did not return during the overtime session. After the game, Beilein focused his attention on Thompson’s replacement, Larry Nance Jr., saying, “Larry was giving us everything that Tristan gives us.”
Bucks ride monster fourth quarter to beat GrizzliesThe Bucks pushed their current winning streak to 17 games on Friday night with a 127-114 comeback victory over the youthful Memphis Grizzlies. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and hauled in 11 rebounds to help Milwaukee overcome a career-high 43 points from Jaren Jackson Jr. Kris Middleton added 26 points while Brook Lopez had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who outscored the Grizzlies by 18 points in the final quarter.
Little razzle dazzle for Brook Lopez 🔥— FOX Sports Wisconsin (@fswisconsin) December 10, 2019
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Through the first 24 games of the season, Antetokounmpo has been flashing improved confidence in his 3-point shot, especially from the top of the 3-point arc. Last season, he was just 6-for-53 on above-the-break 3-pointers at this point in the season. Fast forward a year later, and Antetokounmpo has shot 116 3-pointers from above-the-break making 37 of them for a respectable 31.9 percent clip.
In 26 contests this season, the Bucks lead the league with a 101.3 defensive rating and a +12.8 net rating, which is nearly 3.5 points better than the next-highest team (Dallas Mavericks). The Bucks haven’t been too shabby on offense either, ranking third in the league with a 114.1 offensive rating.
- Cavaliers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Cavaliers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
- Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.