NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 19 28 34 26 107
Golden State 19 20 33 26 98
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)04:0022:00 ET9:00 PM CT1:00 , January 8, 2020
Chase Center, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 18,064

Warriors welcome Bucks to Chase Center for first time

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors

  1. These teams split their two meetings in each of the previous two seasons. Golden State is 2-8 while averaging 98.8 points per game against Eastern Conference opponents this season, worst in the league. The Warriors average 107.3 points against the West this season.
  2. The Warriors lost 111-98 at Sacramento on Monday for their fifth straight defeat. Golden State already has three losing streaks of five games or more this season after going the previous six seasons without any.
  3. The Bucks lost 126-104 at San Antonio on Monday, snapping a five-game winning streak. Milwaukee has scored fewer points in just two games this season (100, @Uta, Nov. 8; 102, @Ind, Nov. 16) and is the only team in the league yet to be held under 100 points in a game.
  4. D'Angelo Russell has missed the last four games due to a shoulder injury, with the Warriors dropping all four. This season, Golden State is 6-16 (.273) and averaging 107.7 points per game with Russell in the lineup and is 3-13 (.188) while averaging 101.4 points without Russell.
  5. Eric Bledsoe is 13-of-23 (56.5%) from three-point range in his last five games against the Warriors. Bledsoe's career 44.3 three-point percentage versus Golden State is his second highest against a single opponent (44.6% vs. Den).
  6. The Bucks lead the NBA in rebounding at 51.5 per game, 3.0 more than the second-place Nets. This season, Milwaukee is a league-best 25-0 when outrebounding its opponent.

The Golden State Warriors get their first opportunity to show off their new arena to Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Milwaukee Bucks visit on Wednesday night.

Antetokounmpo isn't scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2021 season, but that hasn't stopped him from being linked to the five-time defending Western Conference champs, who remain in search for a replacement for Kevin Durant.

The Greek standout has given no indication he will be in the market for a relocation anytime soon, but that hasn't stopped analysts from noting that Golden State has a contract match in high-scoring guard D'Angelo Russell, plus the prospect of having perhaps the No. 1 pick in the next draft.

So far, San Francisco's state-of-the-art Chase Center has been quite visitor-friendly, with the guests having posted a collective 12-6 record.

The Warriors enter the game having lost two straight at home, their fourth home losing streak so far. Coming off Monday's 111-98 defeat at Sacramento, they've also dropped five straight overall.

The Warriors did some roster shuffling Tuesday, waiving Marquese Chriss, who is averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.

The move was made so that that cap-strapped team could promote starting guard Damion Lee from two-way player status to a full-season contract. Lee has been the team's fifth-leading scorer (12.3) and fourth-leading rebounder (5.3).

Lee's two-way contract, which limited him to 45 days of service at the NBA level this season, was set to expire this week. Golden State has another rotation player -- rookie guard Ky Bowman -- under a two-way deal, which coach Steve Kerr noted would be extended by sending him to the G-League.

Chriss, a late signing to an NBA-minimum contract in the offseason after going unwanted by the other 29 teams, took time to thank the Warriors on his way out the door.

"Pretty much the whole summer, I was on the outside looking in," he told reporters. "I felt like coming here was the best opportunity for me, and they put me in an opportunity to succeed from Day 1. I think just being here, it created a different narrative for myself."

The Bucks, meanwhile, have no such roster issues, but did have a problem defending the 3-point line in a rare loss at San Antonio on Monday night.

While the Spurs were bombing in 19 of 35 3-point attempts in the 126-104 win, the Bucks attempted 10 more (45) yet made four fewer (15), a 33.3-percent accuracy rate that was brought down by Antetokounmpo's 0-for-5.

"Sometimes you live by the three and you die by it," Bucks guard George Hill told reporters after the loss. "Tonight we died by it, I guess. We didn't shoot it as well as we normally shoot it. It's no one's fault. Everyone didn't make shots when we needed to and it goes like that."

The 3-point shot has been a big weapon for the Bucks this season. Heading into Tuesday's games, they ranked fourth in the NBA in attempts per game (39.1) and makes (14.0) while shooting 35.9 percent, the 14th-best mark in the league.

The loss in the opener of a four-stop trip, which snapped a five-game winning streak, gave the Bucks a 32-6 record.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 7, 2020

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