Phoenix, Arizona – The Milwaukee Bucks are aiming to end their nine-day road trip with a win as they face the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Footprint Center. The team’s recent performance has been less than stellar, as they have only managed to secure one victory out of their last four games under the coaching of Doc Rivers.
Despite their current standing at 33-17 overall and 12-12 on the road, the Bucks have slipped to the third spot in the Eastern Conference behind Boston and Cleveland. On the other hand, the Suns have been on a winning streak, with seven victories in their last ten games and an overall record of 29-21, boasting a star trio of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal.
The game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. CT start and will be broadcasted on TNT, with Brian Anderson, Grant Hill, and Jared Greenberg making the call. The Bucks’ MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is confirmed to play despite nursing right patellar tendinitis, which he played through in their previous game against the Utah Jazz.
In addition to Antetokounmpo’s playing status, star point guard Damian Lillard will be sidelined due to a left ankle sprain, marking his fourth absence this season. This injury comes at a crucial time as the Bucks navigate the trade deadline, with head coach Doc Rivers acknowledging the impact of the looming deadline on the players’ mindset and performance.
Rivers, still relatively new to the team, is approaching the situation with caution and understanding, recognizing the pressure and uncertainty that comes with the trade deadline. Alongside Lillard’s absence, center Brook Lopez will also be missing from the lineup due to personal reasons, emphasizing the challenges the team is currently facing.
With the odds stacked against them and key players sidelined, the Bucks find themselves as the underdogs against the Suns, who are the favorites to win with a 3.5-point advantage and an over/under of 243.5 points per BetMGM. Despite the obstacles, the team remains determined to end their road trip on a high note and turn their performance around as they head back to Fiserv Forum.