The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Florida to face the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Tuesday, December 28.
The Bucks will start this game after a 117-113 win over the Boston Celtics, their third trotting victory. The Magic, meanwhile, just suffered an 83-93 loss to the Miami Heat, their second loss in as many games.
The Bucks have emerged victorious in the last two clashes between the two teams. Thus, the Magic will seek to turn the tide as it seeks to return to winning ways.
Fixation – Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic | 2021-22 NBA season.
Date and hour – Tuesday December 28, 2021; 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday, December 29, 2021; 5:30 a.m. IST).
Place – Amway Center, Orlando, Florida.
Milwaukee Bucks overview
The Milwaukee Bucks will head to this game after a biting final against the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day at home.
Improving to 22-13 on the season, the Bucks have benefited from the return of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo in their rotation.
Antetokounmpo and Portis had missed a few games for the Bucks due to the league’s health and safety protocols. The duo’s return played a key role in Milwaukee’s success in the game.
DiVincenzo’s return also bodes well for the Bucks. He was one of the Bucks’ most important pieces last season. He missed most of the playoffs with an injury. But with DiVincenzo in the lineup, the depth of the Bucks makes them an impressive team again.
Although Brook Lopez remains off the list, the addition of DeMarcus Cousins has seemed to pay off. The Milwaukee Bucks will now head to the road to win their fourth straight game.
Key player – Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to Giannis Antetokounmpo to make a difference against the Orlando Magic.
Antetokounmpo had missed games because of the league’s health and safety protocols, so his comeback couldn’t have come too soon for the Bucks. He is the reigning MVP of the final and one of the best players in the league. Its availability therefore makes the Bucks a different team.
It is also important for the Bucks to allow Antetokounmpo to record the minutes. After a 36-point performance with clutch plays at both ends of the floor, Antetokounmpo looks like the dominant force he usually is.
However, a sufficient reconditioning of Antetokounmpo and a good pace should help the Bucks in the long run.
Expected lineup of Milwaukee Bucks
g – Jrue Holidays | g – Grayson Allen | F -Kris Middleton | F – Giannis Antetokounmpo | VS – DeMarcus Cousins,
Insight into the magic of Orlando
The Orlando Magic are found in the lower echelons of the Eastern Conference. With a dismal 7-27 record, the Magic’s campaign this season has been anything but enjoyable.
Plagued by a slew of key player injuries, youngster Orlando Magic could continue to struggle this season, especially with Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs out of rotation.
In their last loss to the Miami Heat, Gary Harris joined the team. By registering 20 points, Harris led the team in the points standings, with just three other players registering double-digit scores.
The Magic could also see Mo Bamba out of the rotation in this game. Significantly shorthanded in their big player rotation, the Magic will look to Wendell Carter Jr. to start in the middle.
Key player – Franz Wagner
Franz Wagner could be a key Orlando Magic player against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Although Wagner is a rookie, he produced performances that belied his years. Playing like a seasoned veteran, Wagner is one of the most talented rookies in this year’s draft class.
Often associated with Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba in the first zone, Wagner can score on three levels. He also made a huge impact by stretching the floor for the Magic.
However, with Cole Anthony likely missing this game, Wagner may need to take on a bigger scoring load with Gary Harris to secure a victory at the Magic.
The planned Orlando Magic lineup
g – Hassani Gravett | g -Gary Harris | F – Franz Wagner | F – Admiral Schofield | VS – Wendell Carter Jr.
Bucks vs Magic Match Prediction
The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to come out on top in this game against the Orlando Magic.
With the Bucks back at full speed, the Orlando Magic, with their squadron depleted, could struggle against the defending champions. The Milwaukee Bucks have all the necessary perks on their side and should win this game with relative ease.
Where to watch the Bucks vs Magic game?
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The Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic game will be broadcast locally on Bally Sports Florida. The game will also be available on the NBA League Pass platform. Fans can also listen to the game while tuning to WYGM 96.9 FM / 740 AM.