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Eastern Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
MIL 18-9 5-5 L1
IND 18-10 7-3 W5
DET 13-13 4-6 L6
CLE 7-21 3-7 W1
CHI 6-23 1-9 L3

Top Bucks News

  • Bucks' Sterling Brown: Holding steady bench role

    Brown played 27 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Indiana and continues to see steady run off the bench.

    Brown was in and out of the rotation over the first month-plus of the season, but he's now played at least 22 minutes in four of his last six games and hasn't dipped below 16 minutes in that span. While Brown isn't much of a fantasy contributor, his versatility on the defensive end look to have propelled him over Donte DiVincenzo and Pat Connaughton -- at least for the time being. In Wednesday's game, Brown led all bench players in minutes, while George Hill (22 minutes) and Tony Snell (11) also saw the floor ahead of DiVincenzo and Connaughton, who were both DNP-CDs.

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  • Bucks' Pat Connaughton: DNP in loss to Pacers

    Connaughton did not play in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

    Connaughton was fully available after dealing with a minor knee injury, but neither he nor Donte DiVincenzo saw the floor, as the Bucks rolled with a 10-man rotation for the duration of the game. This comes in the wake of Milwaukee acquiring George Hill last week, so it's worth monitoring how the trade will impact both players going forward. For now, Hill, Sterling Brown (27 minutes Wednesday) and Tony Snell (11 minutes) look to have the edge as backups to Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton.

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  • Bucks' Khris Middleton: Flirts with double-double

    Middleton collected 10 points (4-18 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Pacers.

    Middleton was atrocious shooting the ball Wednesday night, failing to register a three and shooting just 33 percent inside the arc. While inefficient, Middleton has a clear role on this offense, so regardless of his efficiency, he should continue to see opportunity and minutes going forward.

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  • Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Double-doubles Wednesday

    Antetokounmpo produced 12 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds and seven assists across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Pacers.

    After being held out last game with a neck issue, Antetokounmpo was able to play Wednesday night, although looked little like himself during the game. He still managed a double-double, but he passed up many shots and took a back seat on the offensive end of the court. Hopefully his health will approve and he will be more aggressive going forward.

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  • Bucks' Eric Bledsoe: Leads team with 26 points

    Bledsoe posted 26 points (11-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six assists, two steals, one rebound and one block across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 loss to the Pacers.

    Bledsoe was the only source of offense in this game for the Bucks, as he missed just two shots inside arc all night. His strong effort will need better support if the Bucks hope to get a win next time out against the Cavs.

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  • Bucks' George Hill: Will be in regular rotation

    Hill, according to coach Mike Budenholzer, "is going to be a part of [the Bucks'] regular rotation."

    Hill made his team debut Monday against the Cavaliers, playing 13 minutes and posting two points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. That seems like it will be the floor as far as minutes are concerned for Hill, who had just got traded to Milwaukee over the weekend. If he starts trending toward 20-plus minutes per night, Tony Snell, Pat Connaughton and other backcourt/wing players could see their workloads reduced.

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  • Bucks' Pat Connaughton: Available Wednesday

    Connaughton (knee) will be available Wednesday against the Pacers, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    A left knee injury prevented Connaughton from playing Monday against the Cavaliers. While he'll be available, it's unclear if his workload will be affected by the presence of George Hill, who the Bucks traded for over the weekend.

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  • Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Cleared to play

    Antetokounmpo (neck) will play Wednesday against the Pacers, Malika Andrews of reports.

    As expected, Antetokounmpo will be available after missing Monday's game against the Cavaliers due to neck soreness. His return should bump Ersan Ilyasova back to the bench.

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  • Bucks' D.J. Wilson: Assigned to G League

    Wilson was assigned to the G League on Tuesday.

    Wilson has only seen spot run in two games with the Bucks this season, totaling 14 points, two steals and a rebound in 19 minutes. He figures to spend most of the year in the G League.

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  • Bucks' Sterling Brown: Leads bench in win

    Brown scored 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes off the bench during Monday's 108-92 win over the Cavaliers.

    Five different Bucks scored in double digits on a night when the team was without Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck), but Brown was the only member of the second unit to do it, and he also led the bench in boards and three-pointers while he was at it. The second-year wing has seen his court time increase in December, and he's now averaging 7.6 points, 5.0 boards and 1.4 threes in 22.0 minutes over the last five games. Those aren't viable numbers in the vast majority of fantasy formats, but if Brown's role continues to grow, that could change very quickly.

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  • Bucks' Eric Bledsoe: Clutch double-double in win

    Bledsoe scored a game-high 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-5 3Pt) while adding 12 rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes during Monday's 108-92 win over the Cavaliers.

    With Giannis Antetokounmpo (neck) a late scratch for this one, the Bucks needed someone else to step up and Bledsoe answered the call. It's his third double-double of the season -- and first involving boards instead of assists -- but the veteran guard has dropped 20-plus points in three of his last five games and drained multiple three-pointers in nine of his last 12, as he continues to provide Milwaukee with a consistent outside threat.

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  • Bucks' Pat Connaughton: Dealing with knee issue

    Connaughton missed Monday's game against Cleveland due to a left knee injury, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Connaughton stated after the game that he tweaked his knee in Milwaukee's previous contest with Golden State, but that he'd be fine going forward. However, his status will be worth monitoring heading into Wednesday's matchup with Indiana.

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  • Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Should play Wednesday

    Antetokounmpo stated after Monday's win over Cleveland that his neck is fine, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.

    Antetokounmpo was a late scratch from Monday's lineup, although the issue doesn't appear to be anything serious. The Bucks likely held him out as a precaution, especially against a favorable matchup. Antetokounmpo figures to take the floor Wednesday at Indiana, but confirmation will come closer to tip.

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