It has been well-established over history that teams need at least one superstar to win an NBA title, and nowadays maybe two if not three. That’s why the Raptors went out and got Kawhi Leonard.
The most dominant team in the East thus far hasn’t been Toronto but Milwaukee, if you go by point differential, and the Bucks have a true superstar and MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo. But, does the Greek Freak have enough help to win the East? That’s the question.
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No team can match the star power of the Warriors, led by their two former league MVPs in Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. They remain the clear team to beat in the NBA and are rolling along atop the West. It’s possible, then, that Thursday’s matchup is a preview of next June’s NBA Finals.
It’s almost impossible to win at Golden State, but the Bucks did last year 116-107 – the last Eastern Conference team to win there. Antetokounmpo scored 32 points with five assists and four rebounds. Hard to read much from that as Curry and Klay Thompson didn’t play for the Dubs and Durant just the first half. At full strength earlier in the 2017-18 season, the Warriors rolled in Milwaukee 108-94 with Curry missing that as well.
The Bucks have covered 11 of the past 16 in this series.
The Bucks started a very tough four-game trip through the Western Conference on Tuesday with easily their worst effort of the season, a 118-103 loss in Portland. Now, the Blazers are pretty darn good and the Bucks might have been looking ahead to this game. Antetokounmpo did his part with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez each added 22 points. The problem was that no other player had more than eight. Milwaukee is 1-8 ATS in its past nine road games.
Golden State Warriors
Ho-hum, the Warriors are on an eight-game winning streak – their only loss of the season was in the final seconds in Denver – and are averaging 128.5 points during the run while shooting 53.1 per cent from the field. How are you supposed to beat that? Curry, the NBA’s scoring leader, is averaging 31.4 ppg, Durant 27.5 and Thompson 23.0 in the streak. Golden State is averaging a league-high 123.5 points and isn’t even full strength yet. Guard Shaun Livingston, an anchor of the second unit, has missed the past five due to right foot soreness. All-Star centre DeMarcus Cousins has yet to make his Warriors debut off his torn Achilles’ last year with the Pelicans. Draymond Green, the fifth All-Star on the roster, injured his foot in Monday’s 117-101 win over Memphis. X-rays were negative but Green could miss a few games. No reason to rush him back.
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