Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/13/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup Preview (1/13/22)
The Bucks will host the Golden State Warriors in Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum for a matchup between two of the best teams in their respective conferences. Milwaukee will be without two points guards, George Hill and Jrue Holiday, for this matchup, which could complicate trying to contain Steph Curry. The Bucks have been on a recent slide, dropping four of their past five games, starting with a bad loss to the miserable Detroit Pistons. Before that loss, Milwaukee had won six straight games and was beginning to resemble the team it was last season. Golden State is coming off a tough road loss to the NBA’s hottest team in the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors were in control after three quarters, despite a somewhat lackluster first half; however, Memphis turned it up in the fourth quarter to sneak away with a win. Additionally, Golden State has returned Klay Thompson into the lineup after nearly three years away from the game due to two significant injuries (torn ACL and torn Achilles.) However, Steph, Klay, and company will be without Draymond Green once again due to a calf injury.
Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
The Warriors are two-point road dogs against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, despite having Klay Thompson back in the lineup. Meanwhile, the Bucks will be without two of their best perimeter defenders in Jrue Holiday and George Hill, leaving them exposed at the guard position defensively. This game could go either way, and it will likely be close until the end, but I just don’t see the Warriors dropping two straight games. I’ll take the Warriors ATS.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
The biggest happening for the Golden State Warriors is the return of Klay Thompson, which has sparked a league-wide interest. Klay has played surprisingly well in his first two games back, scoring 17 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers and 14 points against the Memphis Grizzlies in just 20 minutes in each game. Thompson has looked terrific in both games, especially for someone coming off two major injuries. He even had a contested dunk off a dribble-drive against the Cavs that had the internet raving. The Warriors’ most recent game against the Grizzlies does not mean much in the grand scheme of things: Memphis is on fire and Golden State did not have Draymond Green. Until Green returns, the Warriors will still be great, but not as great as they could be. They will be in good shape to get a road win in Milwaukee, though, as this team is seemingly allergic to dropping two straight games. It has only happened once this season.
Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
Milwaukee Bucks Analysis
After a rocky start for the Bucks, largely due to COVID and injuries, they have propelled their way to fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 26-17 record. Things were looking great for the Bucks in late December, as they had managed to put together a six-game winning streak before dropping a home game to Detroit, the worst team in the NBA. Unfortunately, Milwaukee has dropped four of its past five, despite some heroic efforts from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Without Jrue Holiday for this matchup, due to an ankle injury, it is hard to imagine the Bucks being able to knock off the Warriors unless Giannis goes nuclear and the rest of the supporting cast shoots exceptionally well from behind the arc.
Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Daily Fantasy Picks
Perhaps, we should all just forget what I said about Andrew Wiggins being the beneficiary of less defensive attention while seeing a similar amount of offensive volume. In his past two games, Wiggins has shot less than his previous five games, and naturally, has not even come close to his average. The best DFS players in Golden State will likely vary game by game, with Steph Curry being the one exception. In this case, Curry has a terrific opportunity to have a big game, because Jrue Holiday and George Hill are unexpected to play. This leaves a serious defensive void at the guard position for the Milwaukee Bucks, and I would expect them to struggle to keep Steph at bay. Curry struggled on January 3rd against the Miami Heat and January 5th against the Dallas Mavericks but bounced back with two strong games, including a triple-double against the Memphis Grizzlies. This game has a 40-point Curry performance written all over it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has catapulted himself to the top-tier of the MVP ladder for the 2021-22 NBA season. Giannis is the heart and soul of this Bucks team, and despite a slow start, due to injuries and COVID, they were beginning to resemble the team we saw in last season’s playoffs before dropping four of their past give in early January. Unfortunately, they have suffered yet another setback and will be without Jrue Holiday for this game. However, that means more offensive responsibility for Antetokounmpo, who has once again been putting up insanely strong numbers. For the season, Giannis averages 28.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and six assists on an efficient 54.1% from the field. His numbers have gotten even better over the past eight games, averaging roughly 33 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists on nearly 58% shooting. This will be a terrific opportunity for Giannis to make sure the Warriors don’t have the championship locked up yet, and will have to fill the offensive and defensive void from Jrue Holiday’s absence. Look for a massive game from Giannis and Steph in this one.