MIL vs POR Dream11: An out-of-form Portland Trail Blazers hit the road for a matchup against the ultimate behemoth from the Eastern Conference Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks stretched their winning run to five games following a 127-135 win over Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, while the Blazers continue to fall down the table and now come off a two-game losing run after a 115-14 defeat at New Orleans Pelicans.
The Blazers are in turmoil. They have failed miserably to match the expectations the team built after last season's deep run in the postseason. They are with a negative record at 5-10 after 15 matches and have lost the last two.
Bucks, meanwhile, boast the joint-best winning record in the league at the moment with five, following a 127-135 win over Atlanta Hawks in the last game.
This will be the 126th meeting between Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers. The Bucks lead the head-to-head encounter with 73 wins against 52 for the Blazers. Both the teams split up the last season' series with both Bucks and the Blazers winning their respective home games.
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: November 18, @07:00 AM
Venue: American Airlines Center
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek-Freak is a beast of a player who is perhaps the most complete Basketball player at the moment, His season average stands at 30.5 points per game, while he racks up 2nf best numbers in 13.8 rebounds per game this season. This means he is effectively clocking a double-double in every game.
CJ McCollum: With Damian Lillard out of the match due to an injury, McCollum will be the key for the Blazers' chances here. He can certainly hurt any team with his wide range of game abilities.
Hassan Whiteside: He has been quite an addition to the Blazers' roster as he leads the team in rebounds (12.0 per game) and blocks (1.8 per game) this season.
Eric Bledsoe: The 29-year-old erupted for an incredible 28 points in the last game and this is what you expect from him here against the shorthanded Balzers.
Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton will miss at least 3-4 weeks of action after suffering a left thigh contusion following a collision with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson. It's a significant blow to Bucks considering Middleton is a beast in the starting line-up.
Ersan Ilyasova was given a rest for Bucks' road trip against Atlanta Hawks but should come back on Bucks' matchday roster for the next game. No other injury problems for the host.
Milwaukee Bucks squad: Giannis Antetokounmpo, George Hill, Sterling Brown, Ersan İlyasova, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, Robin Lopez, Frank Mason, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, D. J. Wilson
Portland Trail Blazers team news:
Portland will play the second straight game without their All-Star Damian Lillard, who is nursing a back injury. Carmelo Anthony is expected to get another start as a result. In addition, Zach Collins (shoulder injury), Pau Gasol (foot injury) and Jusuf Nurkic (leg injury) will be missing the game for the Blazers as well.
Portland Trail Blazers: Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja, Rodney Hood, Jaylen Hoard, Moses Brown
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PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
SF: Wesley Matthews
C: Brook Lopez
PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Donte DiVincenzo
Portland Trail Blazers:
PF: Rodney Hood
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Anfernee Simons
SG: CJ McCollum
Milwaukee Bucks: George Hill, Sterling Brown, Robin Lopez, D. J. Wilson, Pat Connaughton, Kyle Korver
Portland Trail Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Nassir Little, Skal Labissiere, Mario Hezonja, Gary Trent Jr.
Bucks will be too big a force for the Damian Lillard-less Portland Trail Blazers team.