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NBA : ATS Matchup
Saturday 8/8/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




MILWAUKEE (55 - 14) vs. DALLAS (41 - 30)
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Saturday, 8/8/2020 8:30 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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MILWAUKEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games55-14+0.537-3133-36118.859.247.8%59.7107.953.541.3%53.5
Road Games27-11+618-1918-20116.356.447.1%58.8108.654.341.4%53.6
Last 5 Games2-3-1.11-33-2115.258.646.5%60.4115.265.641.6%49.6
MILWAUKEE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.859.243-9147.8%14-3935.4%18-2474.6%60926197156
vs opponents surrendering111.455.941-8846.3%12-3435.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)116.356.442-9047.1%13-3833.9%18-2476.5%59924198156
Stats Against (All Games)107.953.539-9441.3%14-3935.6%17-2178.9%53924227145
vs opponents averaging110.755.641-8945.8%12-3435.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.654.339-9341.4%14-4036.3%17-2178.6%54925228144

DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games41-30-13.538-3342-29116.759.846.0%55.6111.256.545.6%53.2
Road Games22-15+8.623-1421-16117.361.845.9%56.3112.356.645.5%53.9
Last 5 Games2-3-1.61-42-3120.465.843.3%60.2120.660.847.8%53.6
DALLAS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)116.759.842-9046.0%15-4236.6%18-2477.4%561124196125
vs opponents surrendering11256.341-8946.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)117.361.842-9145.9%16-4336.5%19-2477.7%561125206125
Stats Against (All Games)111.256.542-9245.6%12-3534.8%16-2175.9%531024217114
vs opponents averaging111.756.141-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)112.356.642-9345.5%13-3735.1%15-2074.6%541025217114
Average power rating of opponents played: MILWAUKEE 95.3,  DALLAS 96.1
MILWAUKEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/6/2020*LA CLIPPERS111-126L3.5L231O39-8744.8%42750-9254.3%566
MILWAUKEE: LAST SEASON: 60-22, best record in the NBA during the regular season, lost to Toronto in six games in the Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: Mike Budenholzer (second season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Eric Bledsoe (15.9 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.2 ppg), F Khris Middleton (18.3 ppg), F Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7 ppg), C Brook Lopez (12.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Malcolm Brogdon, F Nikola Mirotic, G Tony Snell.
KEY ADDITIONS: Matthews, C Robin Lopez, G Kyle Korver, F Dragan Bender, F Thanasis Antetokounmpo. PLAYER TO WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo had the best season of his career a season ago en route to earning NBA MVP. He was outplayed by Kawhi Leonard in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, in his seventh season, how will Antetokounmpo improve his game offensively as he looks to take the Bucks to the finals and capture the first NBA title for the franchise since 1971?
OUTLOOK: Expectations have never been higher for the Bucks. A season after winning MVP, Coach of the Year (Budenholzer) and Executive of the Year (GM Jon Horst), Milwaukee enters this season without former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, one of only eight players in NBA history in the 50-40-90 club. The Bucks lost Brogdon to free agency, but managed to keep their core of Bledsoe, Lopez, Middleton and Antetokounmpo together. With both Leonard and LeBron James now out west, anything less than a conference finals appearance will be deemed a failure in Milwaukee.
DALLAS: LAST SEASON: 33-49, finished tied for 12th in Western Conference.
COACH: Rick Carlisle (12th season with Mavericks, 470-416; 18th season overall, 751-627).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Luka Doncic (21.2 ppg), G Delon Wright (12.2 with Memphis), G-F Justin Jackson (8.2), F Kristaps Porzingis (sidelined by knee injury), C Dwight Powell (10.6).
KEY LOSSES: F Dirk Nowitzki, G Devin Harris, C Salah Mejri.
KEY ADDITIONS: Wright, G Seth Curry, F Isaiah Roby.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The world will be watching the Euro pair of Doncic and Porzingis, literally. The Mavericks are headliners internationally now that the 20-year-old rookie of the year from Slovenia and the 7-foot-3 Latvian are finally getting to play together. Dallas held Porzingis out for the last two months last season after the blockbuster trade that brought him from New York, even though he could have played. Their debut together is even more intriguing since it's Dallas' first season without Nowitzki, the German superstar who retired after setting an NBA record by playing all 21 seasons with the same franchise. The biggest question is who among the role players will emerge. Keep an eye on Wright. The Mavericks liked him in the 2015 draft. AD
OUTLOOK: The Mavericks wanted to sign a significant piece in free agency after the trading-deadline addition of Porzingis, who had just been named a 2018 All-Star before the knee injury that sidelined him for 20 months. They had to settle on Wright as a restricted free agent in a sign-and-trade with Memphis, so Dallas will lean heavily on Doncic and Porzingis while trying to get back to the playoffs after missing three straight seasons. It's the longest stretch without the postseason for the franchise since it was among the worst in sports coming out of the 1990s. It won't be easy in the West. The Mavericks will exceed expectations if they contend for a playoff spot.
Struggling Mavericks have no fear of Bucks

The Dallas Mavericks are struggling during the NBA's restart, losing three of their first four games.

But perhaps facing the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks next in Saturday's game at The Arena near Orlando isn't such an arduous task.

The Mavericks will attempt to complete a two-game season sweep of the powerful Bucks in the next encounter, as the first meeting saw Dallas end Milwaukee's 18-game winning streak 120-116 on Dec. 16 on the Bucks' home floor.

And the Mavericks prevailed despite Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the heavy favorite to win his second straight NBA MVP award -- exploding for 48 points and 14 rebounds.

The rematch means nothing to the Bucks (55-14), who wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference with Thursday's 130-116 victory over the Miami Heat.

But Antetokounmpo is gauging his team's performance with the bigger picture in mind. Milwaukee lost to the Toronto Raptors in last season's Eastern Conference finals and he wants the team to take the next step.

He knows exactly who can stop the Bucks, who are just 2-2 since the season resumed.

"I think the biggest challenge for us is ourselves," Antetokounmpo said after the win over Miami. "How are we going to play? How hard are we going to play? Are we going to play for one another? Are we going to defend hard? Are we going to be able to rebound the ball? Are we going to be able to make the extra effort? Are we going to dive on the floor?

"It's all about us. It's all about us."

Antetokounmpo and fellow forward Khris Middleton each scored 33 points against the Heat. But the win wasn't as easy as the final score might indicate.

The Bucks trailed by one with under five minutes remaining before ripping off 20 straight points. And the defense was shaky as the club gave up 73 first-half points for the second straight contest.

"It was just effort," Middleton told reporters. "We all spoke about it (at halftime) and realized we just weren't playing our best basketball. We were one or two steps behind on everything.

"So our focus was just play harder, play better."

Perhaps that message also applies to the Mavericks (41-30), who lost 126-111 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Dallas has allowed at least 110 points in each game of the restart.

Star point guard Luka Doncic said he isn't dismayed despite his strong personal efforts only equating into one win over four games.

"We're a great team," Doncic said after the setback against the Clippers. "We've always got chances, no matter what. I think some people count us out, but we're not out. We'll give our max."

Doncic is averaging 32.8 points, 11 rebounds and 9.8 assists in the four games. He had a 40-point outing in a loss to the Phoenix Suns, a career-high 20-rebound performance in an overtime win over the Sacramento Kings and made six 3-pointers against the Clippers.

And his greatest skill is passing the ball. He has notched 10 or more assists in three of the games.

"I think Luka Doncic is really one of the unique young players really in the history of the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's very much his own man, very much his own kind of style of play, and extremely unique, and that's something that should be celebrated.

"I don't like putting a lot of demands on young players with comparisons, and then comparing stats. That shouldn't be relevant. What should be relevant is the fact that he continues to work to refine his game, which he's been doing each of these two years."

Big man Kristaps Porzingis is also playing superb at the NBA "bubble," and had 30 points and nine rebounds against the Clippers. He is averaging 30.3 points and 10 rebounds in the four games.

The Mavericks will likely be without shooting guard Seth Curry, listed as questionable because of leg soreness, for the third straight game.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 4:27:01 AM EST

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