Portland Trail Blazers vs Milwaukee Bucks: Match Preview and Predictions - 21st November 2019
Date and time: Thursday, 21 November 2019, 8:00 pm E.T.
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Last game results
Portland Trail Blazers (5-10): 115-104 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans (19 November 2019)
Milwaukee Bucks (11-3): 135-127 win against the Atlanta Hawks (20 November 2019)
Portland Trail Blazers preview
The Portland Trail Blazers have been struggling big time at the start of the season. They have a very poor 5-10 record at the moment and are the 13th ranked team in the Western Conference despite having made the Western Conference finals last season.
Carmelo Anthony was signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Blazers, and he played his first NBA game after almost a year against the Pelicans. Anthony didn't enjoy a great outing though, and struggled on both ends of the floor.
The Blazers need to get back to winning ways if they want to renew their chances of reaching the playoffs.
Key player - Damian Lillard
Despite the massive struggles of his team, Damian Lillard has continued to impress individually. He is one of the best clutch scorers in the NBA and has been really good for the Blazers this season.
Lillard has been averaging 28.6 points and 7 assists per game so far. He missed his first game of the season against the lowly Pelicans, which the Blazers lost.
Trail Blazers predicted lineup
Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Nassir Little, Rodney Hood, Hassan Whiteside
Milwaukee Bucks preview
The Milwaukee Bucks were the best regular season team in the NBA last season. They have again started off brightly and currently stand at a 11-3 record to be perched at the top of the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
The Bucks won their last game against the Hawks, and are looking ominous led by the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. They are again one of the top contenders for the championship this season.
Key player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing even better than his MVP year. He has taken the NBA by storm and looks like an unstoppable force right now.
Giannis is averaging 30.3 points, 14 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the season. He has been shooting an astonishing 58% from the field. Giannis has also developed a reliable three point shot compared to last season.
Bucks predicted lineup
Eric Bledsoe, Donte DiVincenzo, Wesley Matthews, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
Blazers vs Bucks Match Prediction
The Blazers are really struggling at the moment and are desperate for a win. The Bucks on the other hand are flourishing in their system and look like a very good team.
This match promises to be a great one, especially with the quality of superstar talents that will be on display. I predict the Bucks to win in a close encounter against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Where to watch Blazers vs Bucks?
This Inter Conference match-up can be seen on TNT, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports Wisconsin, or you can stream it live online with NBA League Pass.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:06 IST