It’s been a week since the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost a game, which was to Victor Oladipo and Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. They are now looking to pick up where they left off as they are on a five-game winning streak, looking to grab a sixth straight win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
This matchup will mark the third of four games that these two teams will play against each other this season. The Cavaliers and the Bucks have battled each other a total of 209 times as the Cavaliers pulled 92 wins while the Bucks ended up winning 117 games. The last time they met up was on November 7 when the Cavaliers handed the Bucks a 124-119 loss. In that game, Kevin Love scored 32 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished off 3 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.
Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 50.0 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 36.4 FG%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Matthew Dellavedova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 37.9 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (calf; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 31.6 FG%, 8.3 3P%)
Sean Kilpatrick (coach’s decision; 4.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 29.1 FG%, 26.2 3P%)
Rashad Vaughn (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
D.J. Wilson (0.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Joel Bolomboy (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Even though the Bucks had a slow start at the beginning of the first quarter, the first half was fairly competitive as the home team shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot fifty-three percent. Khris Middleton scored 17 points which held a three-pointer in the middle of the second period. He also had six assists while Eric Bledsoe, who has been playing very well for the Bucks, chalked up 15 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 points to put along with his four rebounds and three assists. Malcolm Brogdon played 16 minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points with 3 three-pointers in the second quarter.
As for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love would put up 19 points which held five three-pointers. He also managed to gobble up six defensive rebounds while LeBron James scored 18 points with two three-pointers in the second period. Jae Crowder had two defensive rebounds and two points while Jose Calderon was kept to just three free throws. Dwyane Wade played the most minutes off of the bench as he settled for five points while the Milwaukee Bucks headed into the locker room with a 69-58 advantage.
The competitiveness would drift into the second half as the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field while the Bucks ended up shooting forty-six percent. Antetokounmpo continued to impress as he scored 16 more points to put with his ten rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Bledsoe contributed with 11 points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter. John Henson would also put up 11 points on seventy-one percent shooting. Tony Snell played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a three-pointer.
LeBron James earned 21 points which included two three-pointers in the third quarter and two others in the last quarter. Wade knocked down 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter as he grabbed four rebounds. Kyle Korver played 16 minutes off of the bench but was held to just two points as the Bucks slipped away with a 119-116 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. LeBron James ended up with 39 points, one rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Nikola Mirotic (20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 52 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (9-20) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. This game will mark third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season. They have met up a total of 243 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 101 games while the Bulls ended up winning 142 games. December 4 was the last time they played each other as the Cavaliers handed the Bulls a 113-91 blowout loss. In that game, both Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade had 24 points. Love also had 13 rebounds and one block while Wade finished with 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Kris Dunn scored 15 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, gave out 5 assists, and blocked one shot.
The Milwaukee Bucks will host Kemba Walker (21.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.0 APG, 42 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (11-19) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the third of four games between these two teams this season. The Hornets and Bucks have battled each other a total of 113 times as the Hornets won 56 games while the Bucks won 57 games. The last time they met up was on November 1 when the Hornets pulled away with a 126 to 121 win. Kemba Walker finished that game with 26 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block. Khris Middleton had 43 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.