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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic
Monday, August 24, 2020 – 1:30 PM EST at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Orlando, Fl
Bucks Look To Take Care Of Business Early
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his troops have finally woken up after the 110-122 upset loss to the Orlando Magic in game 1 of this series. Even though the Bucks are favored to come out of the East, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be an easy road to the NBA Finals. They will need to take every game seriously in this round one matchup so that they continue to get better because there is a much tougher opponent on deck.
In the last two games, Milwaukee definitely came out with a sense of urgency as they outscored the Magic by an average of 24 points in the first half. Giannis continues to carry his team in the playoffs as he is averaging 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists through the first three games.
“So for me and for the team, it's that we're gonna go out there and play hard. We're not gonna play like the favorite. We're gonna play like the underdogs. We decided to do that and be us from the second game that we played against Orlando. And, from now on, that's who we're gonna be until the end." - Superstar Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo
Orlando Has Run Out Of Magic
Orlando is a scrappy team, but they have had absolutely no answer for Giannis and the Bucks in the last two games. The Magic have only generated an average of 103 points per game over the last two contests and it looks like they just can’t get past this tough Bucks defense. It also doesn’t help that the team is already playing without Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Michael Carter-Williams, and Al-Farouq Aminu. "It definitely makes it harder. At the same time though, in this league, and the players know this, whoever's healthy has to play as well as they can. We just have to play better." - Coach Steve Clifford.
Aaron Gordon is listed as questionable for this game with a hamstring injury. If he is out once again, Orlando’s offense will continue to struggle throughout the game.
The NBA Pick
Milwaukee has finally figured out how to play the Magic and it has shown early in these past two games. This Orlando squad doesn't have enough offense to stay in this series and they appear to be ready to go home. Expect the Bucks to continue their stellar play of late and build a comfortable lead in the first half. For today’s NBA pick, Let’s ride with the Bucks in the first half to get the cover. Best of luck everyone and make sure to always shop for the best NBA betting lines when making your bets.