The red-hot Milwaukee Bucks seek their seventh straight win and 13th in 14 games when they host the Orlando Magic on Saturday. Milwaukee posted a 122-107 victory at Dallas on Friday and have won by double digits in all six games of its latest winning streak.
All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo excelled in the latest win by making 13-of-19 shots while recording 29 points and 17 rebounds as the team moved a season-best 28 games above. 500. "I think this is one of the best stretches in my career," Antetokounmpo told reporters, referring to the fact that the Bucks have won 23 of their last 27 games. "We're just having fun and playing together." The Magic have won three of their last four contests as they begin a three-game road trip that includes stops in Atlanta and New Orleans. Orlando backup swingman Terrence Ross is averaging 29 points over his last two games as he made 11-of-26 3-pointers during the stretch.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Orlando), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee) LINE: Bucks -11.5
ABOUT THE MAGIC (23-32): Orlando was caught between making a playoff push and building for the future at the trading deadline and decided on the latter by acquiring former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from Philadelphia. Fultz played in just 33 games over 1 1/2 seasons with the 76ers due to injuries and was viewed as a monumental disappointment, but the slate is now clean with his arrival in Orlando. "With Markelle, I'm extremely excited to talk to him, and it's a fresh start for him in Orlando," power forward Aaron Gordon told reporters. "This game is mentally grueling, being in the NBA. I'm glad that he's a part of our team now, and hopefully I can talk to him and help him with whatever he's been going through."
ABOUT THE BUCKS (41-13): Milwaukee got superb production from three other starters against Dallas as Brook Lopez scored 20 points while Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe recorded 18 apiece. The performances were appreciated with All-Star small forward Khris Middleton held out for rest on the front end of the back-to-back set. Tony Snell moved into the starting lineup and scored only four points in 20 minutes for his third straight single-digit effort.
1. The Bucks won the first two meetings this season by an average of 16 points and have captured nine of the last 12 matchups.
2. Orlando All-Star C Nikola Vucevic has recorded double-doubles in seven of his last nine games and has 37 overall this season.
3. Milwaukee F Nikola Mirotic (calf), who was acquired from New Orleans on Thursday, is doubtful to make his team debut against Orlando.
PREDICTION: Bucks 131, Magic 115 Bet Now
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