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NBA 2018-19: Predicted starting lineups and Match prediction - Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks

Jame
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331   //    06 Feb 2019, 12:05 IST

The Milwaukee Bucks are currently the best team in the NBA as they prepare to host the Washington Wizards
The Milwaukee Bucks are currently the best team in the NBA as they prepare to host the Washington Wizards

The Bucks recently won at Wizards courtesy of a dominating performance from their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an easy victory.

The Bucks have a 39-13 record and are 1.5 games ahead of the second placed team, Toronto Raptors, in the Eastern Conference.

The dominance of the Bucks can be seen on both ends of the court. They are ranked No. 2 in the league in points scored per game, 1st in rebounds per game, 2nd in blocks and 7th in points allowed per game. They have the best net differential of all teams in the NBA.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a career year and he is one of the front-runners for the NBA MVP award.

Giannis is averaging 26.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game on an atrocious 57% shooting from the floor. Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez and the All-Star debutant, Khris Middleton have provided great support to Giannis to unleash himself on the opponent teams.

On the other hand, the Wizards are having a very inconsistent season. They had a very shaky start to the season and improved significantly in recent games. They are looking to mount a serious challenge for a playoff berth.

The Wizards are currently ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference and have a 22-31 record. Bradley Beal has been absolutely superb for the Wizards and is averaging around 25 points per game. Trevor Ariza has provided a great veteran presence for the Wizards.

The Wizards recently received terrible news about their superstar guard, John Wall. Wall has ruptured his Achilles and will be out for more than a year.

Here are the predicted starting lineups for the two teams:

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Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal (PG), Tomas Satoransky (SG), Trevor Ariza (SF), Otto Porter Jr. (PF), Tomas Bryant (C)

Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Bledsoe (PG), Malcolm Brogdon (SG), Khris Middleton (SF), Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF), Brook Lopez (C).

Match predictions:

The Bucks are the hottest team in the NBA. They play hard on both ends of the floor. They also have one of the best players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Wizards have improved of late but they still have a shaky defense. Giannis dominated them in the previous game between the two teams and the Wizards will again find it very tough to cope up with him.

I predict the Bucks to have an easy win in this match against the Wizards.

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