|2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST2:00 UAE (+1)23:0017:00 ET4:00 PM CT20:00 , February 8, 2020
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida Attendance: 16,632
Magic hoping to cut down on errors against tough Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks at Orlando Magic
- The Bucks have outscored their opponents in the paint, 108-70, in their last two games. On the season Milwaukee is outscoring opponents by 13.0 points in the paint per game, best in the NBA and on pace to be the best by a team since the 2012-13 Nuggets (+17.4).
- Orlando has lost seven of its last eight games, averaging 100.6 points. Since January 1, the Magic have averaged 103.9 points, second lowest in the NBA, ahead of only the Hornets (101.2).
- Milwaukee has won six of its last seven meetings against Orlando, holding the Magic to 97.1 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 29.0 points against the Magic since 2017-18, behind only Damian Lillard (33.0) for the highest average against Orlando (minimum five games).
- Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 20 rebounds and six assists against Philadelphia on Thursday, his fifth straight game with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. That is tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the longest such streak in NBA history.
- Nikola Vucevic had 25 points on Thursday, going 9-for-13 from the field. In his last four games, he is averaging 20.0 points and shooting 56.7 percent from the field. In his previous three games, he averaged 14.3 points, shooting 34.0 percent from the field.
- The Bucks trailed, 26-22, after the first quarter against the 76ers on Thursday but came back to win, 112-101. The Bucks are 13-4 when trailing at the end of the first quarter this season, best in the NBA and on pace to be the fifth-best such record by any team in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55).
- Silver: No decisions until at least May
- NBA prohibits pre-draft workouts, visits
- Coaches eyeing possible playoff matchups
- Tatum, Beal to help provide meals
- Hornets ramp up local virus response
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have been spectacularly consistent all season.
The reigning NBA MVP and the team with the league's best record (44-7) look to continue their respective torrid stretches on Saturday when they visit the Orlando Magic.
Antetokounmpo had 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds and six assists in Milwaukee's 112-101 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
The performance marked his 11th contest of at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists on the season and fifth consecutive, with the latter mark tying Hall of Fame member Wilt Chamberlain for the longest such streak in NBA history.
"I gotta keep making plays, I gotta stay aggressive," the 25-year-old Antetokounmpo said following the Bucks' league-best 29th double-digit win. "That's what I get paid to do, that's what my teammates want me to do, that's what I'm going to do all night.
"It doesn't really matter if I make shots. I can still make plays for my teammates, so that's the mindset that I have."
Antetokounmpo, who averages team-best totals in points (30.2), rebounds (13.4) and assists (5.8), averaged slightly above those totals in Milwaukee's first two victories over Orlando this season. Back soreness forced him to sit out the Bucks' 111-100 win over the Magic on Dec. 28.
Khris Middleton, who scored 21 points in that meeting, had 16 of his 20 points in the second half of Thursday's victory as Milwaukee rode an aggressive defensive performance to improve to 12-1 in its past 13 games.
The surging Bucks elected to stand pat at the NBA's trade deadline, a decision that was met without issue from either Antetokounmpo or coach Mike Budenholzer.
"I feel really great about our team," Budenholzer said. "We've been even better for the first 50 games than we were last year. The continuity means a lot to us. We've been together for a season and a half, a lot of us. We feel that's an edge we have. Some years you make a trade and some years you don't."
While optimism reigns supreme in Milwaukee, Orlando is attempting to pick up the pieces after sustaining its seventh loss in eight games following Thursday's 105-103 setback at New York.
Nikola Vucevic made 9 of 13 shots to finish with 25 points in the setback to the Knicks. He is 34 of 60 (56.7 percent) from the floor in his past four games.
Turnovers have been to blame in their two recent losses, with both Vucevic and Magic coach Steve Clifford underscoring that fact.
"We just have to be better in that area," the 29-year-old Vucevic said, per the Orlando Sentinel. "It's just really giving away a possession. If you take a shot, no matter what the shot is, it gives you a chance to set your defense. When it's a live ball turnover it's harder to recover from that, especially when you have as many (turnovers) as we had tonight."
Clifford, in fact, cited the turnover total in both Wednesday's 116-100 loss in Boston as well as in the loss to the Knicks.
"I just told the guys, last night 17 and tonight 21, with four I believe in the last four minutes, (with) two bad ones," Clifford said.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 7, 2020