The Milwaukee Bucks (48-19) are still on top of the Eastern Conference even after suffering a 125-116 loss against the Golden State Warriors in their previous outing.
The absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo was felt in the game against the defending champions, even though they took the game to overtime before losing it. The entire starting lineup scored in double digits, but no player scored 20+ points, and as a consequence, the Bucks lost the game by nine points. Stephen Curry’s 36 points proved to be too much for the Bucks. They will be up against another giant from the West, the Sacramento Kings (40-26), who are currently second in the division and on a three-game winning streak.
The Kings have come as a surprise package for the entire league, playing outstandingly well this season. In their last outing, they defeated the Phoenix Suns 128-119, where the bench came into the limelight with their performance. Four players came off the bench and scored in double digits to lead the team to a win. The Kings are playing some of their best basketball in recent years and are on track to qualify for the playoffs.
Fixture: Milwaukee Bucks @ Sacramento Kings
Date & Time: Monday, March 13, 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings: Injury Report
There are no injury concerns for the Kings at the moment but a couple of issues for the Bucks. Wasley Matthews is probable for tonight’s game due to a calf problem, whereas Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable due to a hand injury.
|Wesley Matthews||Milwaukee Bucks||Probable||Calf|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Giannis Antetokounmpo||Questionable||Hand|
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings: Betting Odds
|Milwaukee Bucks||-130||-2 (-110)||O 224.5 (-110)|
|Sacramento Kings||+110||+2 (-110)||U 224.5 (-110)|
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings: Starting 5s
Bucks: F Khris Middleton, F Bobby Portis/Giannis, C Brook Lopez, G Jrue Holiday, G Grayson Allen
Kings: F Harrison Barnes, F Keegan Murray, C Domantas Sabonis, G De’Aaron Fox, G Kevin Huerter
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings: Betting Prediction
The Bucks have a 1-0 lead over the Kings this season and now have a chance to double the lead tonight. However, with the kind of form the Kings are in, taking them down will be a big task. They are the best offensive team in the league, averaging 121.2 points per game compared to the Bucks, who are averaging 115.9 ppg, ninth in the league. Defensively, the Kings are way behind, conceding 118.3 ppg, and rank 27th in the league. This is where the battle lies, between the Kings’ offense and the Bucks’ defense. The fact that the Kings will host the game tonight gives them a slight advantage. Expect them to cover the spread.
Final Prediction: Sacramento +2 (-110)