Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves wrap-up their preseason assignments with a match-up at Fiserv Forum.
The exhibition that the preseason is, a spectacle which can end in a whiff for the 2nd unit players aiming to impress one and all but fail to perform at a desired level, and all the frivolousness and the unsolicited cheerfulness from the superstar players in the preseason, the rotation and the scheduled rest days, all come to an end here.
The opportunity for the 2nd unit is gone now because it’s the real game before the real action starts. The head coaches must have rounded ou their squad, including the rotation. Expect seriousness from both sets of players, expect grumpy head coaches on the sidelines, and above all, expect big guns to turn up here and rack up some significant minutes in this game.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves at Fiserv Forum, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America. The arena has a capacity of 17,500.
Match Day: October 18, 2019, @ 05:30 AM IST
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How Bucks and Wolves have performed so far?
Following a 115-108 win over Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on Monday, Bucks made it 4 wins out of 4 preseason games. Though not many head coaches lose their sleep over the bad form in the exhibition games or gauge too much into the victories, Bucks’ wins indicate that the team may be more balanced than last season.
The addition of Dragan Bender to the roster should make up for the loss of Malcolm Brogdon to some extent while keeping George Hill gives head coach Mike Budenholzer insurance of a good role player from the bench.
But much will depend on how much help Giannis Antetokounmpo gets this season. Surely, Khris Middleton is consistent enough to alleviate the doubts from his part, but the team can’t afford another Eric Bledsoe postseason meltdown this season.
That said, Milwaukee Bucks remain one of the two pioneer teams in the Eastern Conference, with the other being Philadelphia 76ers, and should face no problems at all to qualify for the playoffs.
Timberwolves registered their first win in the preseason after beating a shorthanded Indian Pacers 119-111 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington both had a double-double in the game, with the former dropping a game-high 33 points as well.
Many assume the upcoming season to be the breakout season for Karl-Anthony Towns and it seems he is ready to lead the team like a true superstar.
MIL vs MIN Dream11 team News:
Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the last game against Washington Wizards through illness but should return to take on Minnesota Timberwolves.
D.J. Wilson is recovering from a hamstring injury and is expected to sit this game out.
Pat Connaughton and Robin Lopez both were given a rest against Wizards but should return to the matchday squad here.
No other injury concerns for the hosts.
There are no reported injury or suspension concerns for the Wolves ahead of this game.
Jordan Bell, who was listed as questionable before the Pacers game, played the match on Tuesday and should be fine for this game as well.
The only player from Wolves’ roster who could miss the game due to injury issues is Keita Bates-Diop.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Giannis Antetokounmpo, George Hill, Jaylen Adams, Sterling Brown, Ersan İlyasova, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver, Brook Lopez, Dragan Bender, Eric Bledsoe, Robin Lopez, Frank Mason, Wesley Matthews, Luke Maye, Khris Middleton, Cam Reynolds, Reyjon Tucker, D. J. Wilson
Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Bell, Robert Covington, Jarrett Culver, Gorgui Dieng, Treveon Graham, Jake Layman, Kelan Martin, Jordan McLaughlin, Jordan Murphy, Shabazz Napier, Jaylen Nowell, Josh Okogie, Naz Reid, Noah Vonleh, Tyrone Wallace, Lindell Wigginton
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MIL vs MIN Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Milwaukee Bucks will start the game as favorites.