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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Milwaukee Bucks

With just 5 games remaining and every win so crucial the Spurs take on one of the best in the East, as they face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Spurs were finally able to get a win on the front end of their back to back on Friday night but they couldn’t back that up with another win as they got blown out in the second half by the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs now sit at 32-35 as they head home to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Entering the final week of the season the Spurs still have to play a league high 5 games which will include 4 games in 5 days to finish the season. The Bucks on the other hand have already secured their playoff fate and are now jostling with the Brooklyn Nets (Who the Spurs still have to play) for the 2nd and 3rd seed.

Unfortunately for the Spurs results last night didn’t go their way as the Charlotte Hornets had a 4th quarter collapse which allowed the depleted New Orleans Pelicans to escape with a must needed win, while the Sacramento Kings whooped the already sinking Oklahoma City Thunder. With 7 days of the day season left, the Spurs are 1.5 games ahead of the Pelicans and 2.5 games in front of the Kings. Too close for comfort if you ask me.

San Antonio Spurs (32-35) vs Milwaukee Bucks (43-24)

May 10, 2021 | 7:30 PM CST

Watch: BSSW | Listen: WOAI (1200 AM)

Spurs Injuries: Derrick White (Out — ankle), Trey Lyles (Out — ankle)

Bucks Injuries: None

What to Watch For

  • Rest: Even though the Bucks still have something to fight for heading into the final week, one may hope that they may thinking of resting some guys against the Spurs. The thinking may be that even with a second hand team the Bucks may believe they can still capture the W, while giving their stars a day off. This is quite unlikely since the Bucks are coming off a two day rest break to begin with, something the Spurs haven’t had the fortune of since BEFORE the All-Star Break. But one my still hope the Bucks may choose to rest a guy or two, because without that the Spurs will once again be in for a tough matchup.
  • Lonnie Walker IV: The last time the Spurs played the Bucks, Lonnie went for his career high 31 points. The Spurs were coming off a back to back that time while the Bucks had the two day rest, as I mentioned earlier. Although then the Spurs still played them close only narrowly losing 120-113. Lonnie has been back into the starting 5 for the last two games and has played great. His confidence looks to be there and he is being aggressive with his shot and decision making. Coming back into the first group has obviously breathed new life into SkyWalker who had been limbering on the bench, not putting up especially good numbers. Let’s hope Lonnie is in for another career night because trust me the Spurs will need every last point if they are to upset the Milwaukee Bucks

For the Bucks fans’ perspective, visit Brew Hoop.

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