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Game Night: Mavs Aim To Snap Winless Streak At AAC

Via: USA Today Sports

Via: USA Today Sports

 

After dropping its first five games of the 2016-2017 season, the Dallas Mavericks will aim to record their first win of the season at 6 p.m. on Sunday from the American Airlines Center when they face the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

 

What to watch for:

 

Injuries on both sides will affect the outlook of tonight’s matchup as the last time these two teams met in early January the Mavs were led in scoring by Dirk Nowitzki followed by Devin Harris despite the 96-95 loss. Both are listed as out for tonight’s contest. Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks, contributing 27 points, while O.J. Mayo also added 11 points off the bench. Middleton is recovering from surgery on his left hamstring while Mayo is serving a two-year suspension away from the NBA.

 

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Bucks:

Record: 4-2

Last: Defeated Sacramento, 117-91 on Nov. 5

Matchup history: Dallas Mavericks – 31 wins; Milwaukee Bucks – 38 wins

 

Injury updates:

 

Mavs:

Devin Harris – Out

Dirk Nowitzki – Out

Deron Williams – Questionable

Bucks:

 

Khris Middleton – Out

 

Slowing the Greek freak will be an essential checkpoint throughout the contest for Dallas. Giannis Antetokounmpo is challenging enough to spell, much less defend. At 6-foot-11, Antetokounmpo is able to matchup at any frontcourt position but the massive forward also has the ability to defend and attack smaller guards. The one-of-a-kind talent leads the Bucks in scoring (22.8 ppg), assists (6.7), rebounds (8.7), steals (1.7) and blocks (1.8), and his ability to put his teammates in scoring positions is uncanny for a player with his size. Harrison Barnes will likely draw the difficult task of defending the Bucks’ key point-forward.

 

Game Info:

 

Tip-off time: 6 p.m. CST at American Airlines Center

Where to watch: Fox Sports Southwest, NBA TV.

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