Bucks Eye Rare Season Sweep Of Warriors Friday … But Won’t Get It

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:53 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 1:53 PM UTC

Not many teams over the past four years can claim a regular-season sweep over the Golden State Warriors, but the Bucks can accomplish that Friday at home on ESPN.

Golden State (17-9 SU, 12-14 ATS) at Milwaukee (16-7 SU, 12-10-1 ATS)Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NBA Pick: Warriors ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The game of the week in the Association is Friday night from Milwaukee as the Bucks host the Golden State Warriors in a potential NBA Finals preview on ESPN.

Now, I can’t tell you exactly how many teams have completed a season sweep over the powerful Warriors over the past four years, but I promise that number is very small. Golden State plays each Eastern Conference team twice during a season and then each West team either three of four times.

Th Warriors are not just loaded with talent but have a collective a chip on their shoulders and don’t want to get swept by anyone. It imagines slights just like Michael Jordan used to do. I do know that another Central Division team, the Indiana Pacers, swept the Dubs last year with two late-season victories but that Golden State was missing at least one of its four All-Stars in both games. Indiana was the first Eastern Conference team to sweep Golden State since Charlotte did it in 2013-14.

Milwaukee attempts the same on Friday as the Bucks were 5.5-point underdogs in Oakland on Nov. 8 but rolled to a 134-111 victory. Golden State entered on an eight-game winning streak but lost Steph Curry to injury in third quarter, and he was held to 10 points in 26 minutes. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were both minus-28. Draymond Green didn’t play. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Eric Bledsoe 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon 20. It was the Bucks’ second straight win in Oakland.

Golden State has won its past two trips to Milwaukee, but this will be the Warriors’ first game in the new Fiserv Forum.

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No Trap Games Wednesday

Would have been understandable if either team had been caught in a look-ahead game on Wednesday but neither was. The Warriors trounced the terrible Cavaliers in Cleveland, 129-105. Curry was awesome with 42 points (nine 3-pointer) nine rebounds and seven assists. The 42 points were the most he had ever scored against Cleveland, including playoffs), and he is averaging 33.0 ppg on 64.6 percent shooting in three games since returning from injury.

Durant was an assist shy of a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine helpers. Green sat out again with his toe injury and won’t play here. Coach Steve Kerr relies on matchups as to whom starts for Green.

Milwaukee was a 115-92 home winner vs. Detroit on Wednesday. The Freak had led the Bucks in scoring the past seven games but it was Bledsoe doing so vs. the Pistons with 27 points, tying his season high. Antetokounmpo played only 26 minutes (he’s fine, just a blowout) and had 15 points.

Khris Middleton sat out Wednesday due to personal reasons (a game after being benched in the fourth quarter – hmm) and Ersan Ilyasova was out with a concussion but is feeling much better. I’d be shocked if Middleton doesn’t play Friday at least. It’s the signature home game of the season.

  • Bucks are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
  • Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.

Don’t much care about trends here. This will be personal for the Warriors, who will be jacked up to avoid a season sweep against a potential Finals opponent. Take Golden State for a Friday NBA pick.

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