Despite having a devastating home record this season (7-24), the Houston Rockets will look to end their 5-game losing streak. The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, will be looking at closing the gap at the top of the Eastern Conference table.
Fixture - Milwaukee Bucks vs Houston Rockets | 2020-21 NBA Season.
Date & Time - Thursday, April 29th; 8:00 PM ET (Tuesday, Friday 30th; 5:30 AM IST).
Venue - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas.
Milwaukee Bucks Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks have continually displayed stellar performances in the 2020-21 NBA season. Ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks will fancy a road win against a side they will be meeting for the first time this season.
The Bucks have won 6 of their last 10 games, with their most recent win being at home against the Charlotte Hornets (104-114). Two of the Bucks' six victories were in back-to-back games against the 2nd-placed Philadelphia 76ers.
Key Player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
The two-time regular season MVP will once again take the court to lead his team to another victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the standout player for the Milwaukee Bucks for over four seasons, recording double-doubles in points and rebounds in the same period.
The Greek Freak, as he is popularly called, averages 28.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Thanks to the contributions of Khris Middleton (20 points) and Jrue Holiday (17. 1 points), Giannis has led his team to 5th place in the offensive rating this season.
Milwaukee Bucks Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Jrue Holiday l Shooting Guard - Donte DiVincenzo l Small Forward - Khris Middleton l Power Forward - Giannis Antetokuonmpo l Center - Brook Lopez.
Houston Rockets Preview
The Houston Rockets have no hope of making the playoffs as they are 15 games behind 10th-place Golden State Warriors, with 10 matches left to play in the regular season.
In their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, they led by one at the end of the third quarter, but eventually lost the game 107-114.
Kelly Olynyk was impressive against the Timberwolves, ending the game with 28 points, 5 assists, and 9 rebounds. Christian Wood posted a double-double on the night with 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Key Player - Christian Wood
Christian Wood has promised to be a max player before his Houston Rockets contract expires, and he is living up to the billing. It has been an incredible first season for the big man, who has come in and dominated.
Wood averages 21.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, shooting .524 percent from the field. Although the Houston Rockets have lost several games (15-47), Wood has been brilliant.
Houston Rockets Predicted Lineup
Point Guard - Kevin Porter Jr. l Shooting Guard - Avery Bradley l Small Forward - Jae'Sean Tate l Power Forward - Kelly Olynyk l Center - Christian Wood.
Bucks vs Rockets Prediction
As impressive as Christian Wood has been in recent outings, a battle in the paint will favor Giannis, who has been unstoppable this season.
The result of this contest is a no-brainer. The Houston Rockets will play hard, but with the mentality and form of the team, a win against the in-form Milwaukee Bucks is an extremely long shot.
Where to watch Bucks vs Rockets?
You can watch the Milwaukee Bucks slug it out with the Houston Rockets locally on AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest and Bally Sports North+. If you'd like to live-stream this event, you can do so with an NBA League Pass.