The Milwaukee Bucks are heading into unfamiliar territory on Friday, as their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the I-94 rivalry game against Chicago with a right ankle sprain. Denzel Valentine led the Bulls with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 accuracy from long distance, but Chicago couldn't maintain its opening-quarter momentum. With the Bulls playing at a top five pace in the last month and allowing the 2nd most FPTs per game the small forward position, Middleton is absolutely locked into our lines tonight.
To make matters more hard in that regard, it seems likely the Bucks will have to do so without the help of their star player on Friday night.
Antetokounmpo injured himself in a 127-120 home loss against the Los Angeles Clippers two nights ago.
The Bulls connected on five of their first seven field goal tries to take a 15-4 lead less than four minutes into the game. In his fifth pro season, Antetokounmpo leads the team in points, assists, rebounds and steals. "But I trust that our medical staff is very good and they're going to get him back healthy in the right fashion". The Bucks' reserves carried the day, though, scoring 70 points on 25-of-40 shooting, including a ideal 6-for-6 effort from Tony Snell, who knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. The segment will trace his unlikely rise from a gangly kid in Athens, Greece, to a 23-year-old National Basketball Association franchise player.
"Loyola is just so much fun to watch right now with all the different storylines", Hoiberg said.