They beat the injury-ravaged LA Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in their last two outings, with Giannis Antetokounmpo registering consecutive double-doubles. He registered 47 points against the Trail Blazers, with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday both registering more than 20 points.
The Sacramento Kings, meanwhile, come into this matchup off the back of two losses. They have seen some big performances from De’Aaron Fox this season, with the point-guard producing at least 20 points in his last six appearances.
The Sacramento Kings have done well offensively, with the likes of Richaun Holmes, Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton and Marvin Bagley all averaging more than ten points per game.
Fixture: Milwaukee Bucks vs Sacramento Kings | NBA Season 2020-21.
Date & Time: Saturday, April 3rd; 10:00 PM ET (Sunday, 4th April; 7:30 AM IST).
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento.
Milwaukee Bucks Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks will be happy with Giannis Antetokounmpo’s recent form. The two-time MVP winner sat out of the loss against the New York Knicks but has returned to produce three consecutive 25-point plus outings.
With Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday also firing in recent weeks, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to improve on their third position in the Eastern Conference in the coming weeks. Their only injury concern is PJ Tucker, who sat out their last game and is expected to miss out again.
Key Player – Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Greek Freak has missed two games in recent weeks but has looked close to his best in the Milwaukee Bucks’ next three outings.
He started strongly against the Portland Trail Blazers and ended the game with a huge 47-point, 12 rebound- double-double.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ stuttering form of late had kept Giannis Antetokounmpo on the fringes of the MVP debate. He will look to change that narrative as the season progresses.
Point Guard - Jrue Holiday l Shooting Guard - Donte DiVincenzo l Small Forward - Khris Middleton l Power Forward - Giannis Antetokounmpo l Center - Brook Lopez.
Sacramento Kings Preview
The Sacramento Kings have been impressive all season offensively and have the tenth-best offence in the league.
De’Aaron Fox has been a huge offensive influence and has also helped out in defence, averaging 1.2 steals per game.
He has been supported well by the Sacramento Kings’ forward pairing of Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield. Richaun Holmes is averaging close to 15 points per game, along with 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per outing.
However, the Sacramento Kings are deficient in defense and could be tested by a strong Milwaukee Bucks lineup.
Key Player – De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox has been hugely impressive for the Sacramento Kings, winning them multiple games single-handedly.
He comes into this matchup, having scored at least 20 points in all but one of his last 19 appearances. During this period, he has been the team’s biggest playmaker as well.
De’Aaron Fox has regularly come up clutch and has an overall impressive shooting efficiency of around 55%, averaging 24.7 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Point Guard - De'Aaron Fox; Shooting Guard - Tyrese Haliburton; Small Forward - Buddy Hield; Power Forward - Harrison Barnes; Center - Richaun Holmes.
Bucks vs Kings Match Prediction
De’Aaron Fox’s form suggests that he could require some stopping from Giannis Antetokounmpo and co.
The Bucks haven’t seen their three stars play together for quite a while this season, something they would like to rectify come the playoffs. They have been dominant in their last two games and go in as slight favorites against a highly efficient Sacramento Kings lineup.