NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 25 38 23 35 121
Orlando 23 31 28 17 99
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 11, 2021
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida  Attendance: 3,248

Bucks look for continued success vs. Magic

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic

  1. Including last season's playoff meeting, Milwaukee won eight of nine games against Orlando last season, with a 4-0 sweep in the regular season series. The Bucks scored between 110 and 123 points in all nine games while Orlando broke the 110-point mark just once, in its 122-110 win in Game 1 of the postseason series.
  2. The Bucks are 4-0 following losses this season after their 100-90 victory over Cleveland on Saturday. The Bucks didn't lose for the fourth time until their 28th game last season and didn't record their fifth loss until Christmas Day, their 32nd game of the campaign.
  3. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 27 points in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo in their Saturday win over Cleveland. Middleton has averaged 26.1 points per game in the 10 games the MVP has missed since the start of last season, nearly six points more than he has when Giannis does play (20.4 PPG).
  4. The Magic have an average scoring differential of -2.4 this season, but when broken down by results, they win by an average of 10.8 points while their losses have been by an average of 22.3 points.
  5. Nikola Vucevic posted 30 points and 15 rebounds in Orlando's loss to Dallas on Saturday, his tenth game hitting those numbers in his Magic career. Only Shaquille O'Neal (43 times) and Dwight Howard (33 times) have done so more often for Orlando.
  6. Milwaukee has shot 15.2 percent better from behind the arc in wins than losses (47.3 vs 32.1) and Orlando has shot 13.3 percent better from three in wins than losses (37.9 vs 24.6). Only two teams (Knicks 19.7, Warriors 16.9) have wider margins in wins and losses this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks hope to welcome the return of Giannis Antetokounmpo to their lineup on Monday when they open a two-game road trip against the Orlando Magic.

The Bucks recorded their fourth win of a five-game homestand on Saturday, albeit with Antetokounmpo sitting out a 100-90 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year missed the contest with back spasms, a result of a hard fall during Milwaukee's 131-118 loss to Utah on Friday.

"We are hopeful that it's a short-term thing," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He has been managing, I think probably every season, some back, just kind of awareness and things like that."

Antetokounmpo averages team-leading totals in points per game (27.1) and rebounds (10.6) this season. He outperformed those numbers in Milwaukee's five-game Eastern Conference first-round series win vs. Orlando last season, averaging 30.6 and 16.0, respectively.

Khris Middleton picked up the slack on Saturday by scoring 27 points in the absence of Antetokounmpo. The two-time All-Star made 10 of 16 shots against the Cavaliers and is shooting 61.4 percent from the floor and 57.7 percent from 3-point range in five games this month.

Bobby Portis added 17 and 11 rebounds on Saturday while making the start in place of Antetokounmpo.

"I'm always going to be myself, that's all I know how to do," Portis said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Can't compare myself to Giannis or anything -- I have to go out there and do what I do to help the team win: run the floor, run the lanes, take good shots, rebound the basketball, play unselfishly, do all the things I do."

Orlando has cooled off considerably following a franchise-best 4-0 start to the season. The Magic fell for the fourth time in six games with a 112-98 setback at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Nikola Vucevic, who averages team-leading totals in points (22.0) and rebounds (11.1), recorded his seventh double-double of the season on Saturday after collecting a season high-tying 30 and 15, respectively.

Vucevic averaged 27.2 points and 10.7 rebounds in last season's playoff series loss to the Bucks.

Aaron Gordon added 16 points on Saturday in his return from a one-game absence due to a sore left hamstring.

"They're just versatile," Terrence Ross said of Vucevic and Gordon. "Vooch is really good at attacking closeouts and moving without the ball. A.G. is a really good point forward, so they're just showing their versatility and all the different things they can do."

Orlando's Evan Fournier reportedly could be back in action after missing his last five games with a balky back.

D.J. Augustin will be facing his former team for the first time since signing a three-year, $21 million contract with the Bucks in the offseason. Augustin, who is averaging 5.8 points off the bench, spent his previous four seasons with the Magic.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 10, 2021

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