Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets - Injury Reports - Jan 29, 2023-24 NBA

NBA Clash: Bucks vs. Nuggets, A High-Stakes Showdown

by Nouman Rasool
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets - Injury Reports - Jan 29, 2023-24 NBA
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In a highly anticipated matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks are set to take on the Denver Nuggets, marking the first of two encounters this season. Over the past three seasons, these two powerhouse teams have maintained a balanced rivalry, with each side holding a 3-3 record against the other.

As they clash once more, fans can expect another thrilling contest between these title-contending giants.

Nuggets' Confidence Boost

The Nuggets are entering this game with confidence following their recent 111-105 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers, although it's worth noting that the Sixers were missing their star player, Joel Embiid.

The defending champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, had a less-than-stellar performance against the Embiid-less 76ers, highlighting the need for them to elevate their game against the in-form Nuggets. Denver aims to secure another impressive win against a legitimate title contender when they host the Bucks.

Despite dealing with a non-COVID-related illness, Giannis Antetokounmpo, often referred to as "The Greek Freak," is expected to play for the Bucks. His presence on the court is pivotal, especially given his MVP-level performance this season.

Unless his health restricts him, fans can anticipate a captivating head-to-head battle between Antetokounmpo and Denver's NBA Finals MVP, Nikola Jokic. Vlatko Cancar has been sidelined for the entire season as he continues to recover from left knee surgery, a result of an ACL injury sustained while playing for Slovenia against Greece.

Given his limited role in the rotation last season, his absence has had a relatively minor impact on Nuggets coach Mike Malone's game plan. Meanwhile, Julian Strawther remains unavailable, missing his 12th consecutive game due to a sprained knee.

The Nuggets have yet to provide a specific timeline for his return, and further updates are expected once he resumes on-court activities. The game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets is scheduled to take place at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, with tip-off at 9:00 p.m.

ET. Fans can catch the action locally on Altitude and Bally Sports Wisconsin, and streaming options are available through the NBA League Pass. Tickets for the game are available at Vivid Seats, starting at $52.

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