UPDATE: The Nets lost to the Bucks, 124-118, on Tuesday. They have now lost three straight, the first time that's happened this season. What follows is the original report.
The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks treated us to an absolute barnburner on Sunday, with Milwaukee coming away with a 117-114 victory.
As if we didn’t get enough of Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo trading buckets on Sunday, the Nets and Bucks will square off again tonight in Milwaukee.
Brooklyn has lost two consecutive games and comes into Tuesday’s matchup as a +1.5 underdog on WynnBET. It’s a crucial game for the Nets, as their lead over Milwaukee for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference has been cut to just 2.5 games.
With these two teams on a collision course to face each other in the second round of this year’s playoffs, the Nets would love to secure home court advantage over the Bucks in the playoffs by securing the No. 2 seed. Another wrinkle in tonight’s matchup is that the winner of the game will take the season series between the two teams which would come into play as a tiebreaker if they both finish with the same record this season.
If both Durant and Kyrie Irving suit up tonight, the Nets will have a good opportunity to continue their positive trend following losses this year.
Brooklyn is 43-22 on the season, but it has gone 14-7 following a loss which is good for the fifth-best mark in the NBA. The Nets have lost three consecutive games just one time this season, and hadn’t lost consecutive games since Feb. 9 until Sunday’s loss.
Milwaukee will certainly be motivated to take the season series as well and should have all of its firepower in the lineup if Antetokounmpo is good to go. Still, Brooklyn has found itself in this situation before, and it has taken at least one of the two games two out of the three times it has played the same team in back-to-back contests this season.
In what will be another game with playoff-level intensity, expect the Nets to come out with a sense of urgency as they try to lock up the No. 2 seed in the East.