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Sacramento could not beat Milwaukee in the regular season for more than six years. Since the Kings are finally going to fight for the playoffs, maybe they can break their streak of 13 losses to the Bucks?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Mike Budenholzer's team continues to chase Boston, and so far, they are three wins behind the Celtics and 2nd in the East. The Bucks have won 5 of their previous six matches. Chris Middleton is finally back from injury, and we may see Milwaukee playing at their best very soon. For now, though, Chris is a bit out of shape, and injuries have plagued some of the Bucks' essential role players. Brook Lopez recovered in time for last week's game, but Grayson Allen's participation is in question. Serge Ibaka, MarJon Beauchamp, and Joe Ingles are also on injured reserve, though the first two may be healed soon.
The start of last week's game against Orlando was too nerve-wracking. The 2021 champions came with their optimal lineup, and in such a situation, one of the favorites of the championship should not leave the outsider of the East even a chance. As a result, Milwaukee won 109-102, although the Bucks' defense was less than ideal. On offense, Chris Middleton failed to score on just 1 of 11 shots and Jrue Holiday was terrible on long shots. Giannis Antetokounmpo had to answer for his teammates, scoring 34 points and making two 3-pointers. Also worth mentioning is Bobby Portis, who made eight throws and grew the 2nd-best scorer for the Bucks.
This could be a historic season for Sacramento State. Many were skeptical of Mike Brown's appointment as head coach, but the Kings are a joy to watch under his stewardship. The team runs and moves the ball and somewhat resembles Golden State, where Brown spent years as an assistant. The Kings had a rough start to the regular season, but Domantas Sabonis, Malik Monk, and Harrison Barnes stumbled. Now all three are in good shape, and the California squad has snapped a three-game winning streak and moved up to fifth place in the Western Conference. Add to that the progress of De'Aaron Fox, who improved his shooting from beyond the arc and his free throw shooting, and you've got a clear contender for the top 8 in the West.
After beating the Clippers and Pacers, Mike Brown's team fell to Chicago, 110-101. Sabonis made only four shots but notched a triple-double of 10 points, 17 rebounds, and ten assists. Fox and Huerter combined for just 3 of their 17 three-point attempts, but Barnes and Monk were up to the task. Sacramento had ten steals on the night, three by Davion Mitchell and two by Fox and Monk.
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Sacramento State has had their ups and downs for the season, but now the team is in great shape. Of course, the Kings have been erratic at times, and Sabonis has been slow in completing his shots and reinventing the wheel. They'd better start hitting those open shots because there were plenty of misses from beyond the arc against Chicago. Milwaukee needs time to develop their chemistry. After all, the Bucks performed without Middleton for quite some time. The Bucks have been shoddy on defense at times, and even against Orlando, there were problems. The Kings are just as good as, if not better than, their opponent in terms of rebounding, and it was not for nothing that the Californians scored over 125 points in their last meeting.
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