With about half the NBA season completed, there is a game between two playoff teams. These teams are the Milwaukee Bucks and the Golden State Warriors. The Bucks entered the season with the hopes of dethroning the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. However, the Bucks are currently tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and are ten games back of the Celtics for first place. Their opponents in this contest, the Golden State Warriors, have been remarkable this season and look like the favorites to win the NBA Finals for the second straight season. With both teams expected to return to the playoffs, expect an extremely high level of basketball in this contest.
Milwaukee’s success is due to its star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last season, Antetokounmpo asserted himself as a potential superstar in the NBA and has done nothing but confirm that belief this season. This season, Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks in points, rebounds and assists per game. Antetokounmpo is averaging over 28 points per game along with ten rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Due to his contributions to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo is a serious candidate to win the MVP award and will need to have another huge game if the Bucks plan on defeating the defending NBA champions on Friday night.
Golden State’s success has been due to its star point guard Stephen Curry and its star forward Kevin Durant. Both players are former MVP award winners and have proven that they are still elite in today’s NBA. This season, Curry is averaging 27.9 points per game along with 6.4 assists per game. Curry’s statistics are even more impressive once one factors in his efficiency from the floor. Curry is shooting an absurd 49.2% from the field and 41.4% from the three point line. However, Curry will not be playing in the game tonight due to an ankle injury so Durant will need to carry the load on offense in this game. This season, Durant is averaging 26.3 points per game along with seven rebounds per game. Similarly to Curry, Durant is also extremely efficient from the floor. He is shooting 50.9% from the field and 40.6% from the behind the arc. With both players on the same roster, the Warriors are almost unbeatable on a regular basis and I expect Durant to have a big game against the Bucks on Friday night.
As for my prediction, I have to side with the Warriors. Although Curry is not playing, I do not believe that the Bucks have the personnel to stop Durant. I think the Warriors will win this contest behind a strong performance from Durant as the Warriors prove once again why they are the favorites to win the championship again this season.
Bucks vs. Warriors: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Start Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
How to Watch Bucks vs. Warriors On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Bucks vs. Warriors Online Without Cable Subscription
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. Choose the Sling Orange package, which costs $20 per month and comes with ESPN, along with many other sports channels.