In an eagerly anticipated showdown, the Milwaukee Bucks are preparing to take on the Dallas Mavericks in their third consecutive away game. The clash is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET this Saturday at the American Airlines Center.
The teams previously met this season at Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum on November 18, 2023, where the Bucks emerged victorious with a 132-125 win. The Bucks, currently holding the second spot in the Eastern Conference, boast a 32-16 record.
Their recent form has seen them secure six victories in their last 10 outings. However, they are coming off a narrow 119-116 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. On the other side, the Dallas Mavericks are positioned eighth in the Western Conference standings, with a 26-22 record.
Their performance in the last 10 games has been a mix, with four wins to their name. As both teams gear up for this pivotal matchup, injury updates are crucial. The Bucks might see Andre Jackson sidelined due to a wrist issue.
The Mavericks, on the other hand, have a lengthier injury list. Derrick Jones Jr. (left wrist sprain), Maxi Kleber (nasal fracture), and Dereck Lively II (ankle) are all questionable for the upcoming game, while Kyrie Irving (right thumb sprain) and Dante Exum (right knee soreness) are confirmed absences.
Bucks' Lineup and Depth
Looking at the starting lineups and depth charts, the Bucks' roster features Damian Lillard as the starting point guard, followed by Cameron Payne and AJ Green. Malik Beasley, Pat Connaughton, and MarJon Beauchamp cover the shooting guard position.
The small forward role is led by Khris Middleton, with support from Connaughton and Jae Crowder. Giannis Antetokounmpo headlines the power forward position, with Crowder and Bobby Portis as backups. Center duties are handled by Brook Lopez, Portis, and Robin Lopez.
The Mavericks counter with a lineup led by Luka Doncic at point guard, flanked by Jaden Hardy and Seth Curry. Tim Hardaway Jr. takes the shooting guard role, with Hardy and Curry again providing depth. Josh Green, Hardaway Jr., and Olivier-Maxence Prosper cover the small forward spot.
The power forward position features Grant Williams, with Maxi Kleber and Josh Green as alternatives. The center position is manned by the questionable Dereck Lively II, Kleber, and Richaun Holmes. This game is particularly significant for the Bucks' new coach, Doc Rivers, who is seeking his first win with the team.
Under Rivers' leadership, the Bucks have faced two consecutive losses, beginning their five-game road trip with a defeat to the Denver Nuggets, followed by a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. This matchup holds additional emotional weight, as it marked Damian Lillard's return to Portland since his trade to the Bucks.
Despite the nostalgic setting, Lillard's former team successfully kept him in check. With Milwaukee at 2-3 since the dismissal of Adrian Griffin and a 2-1 record under interim coach Joe Prunty, the team's standing in the Eastern Conference remains strong.
However, the upcoming game against Dallas is critical for the Bucks to regain their momentum and for Rivers to mark his first triumph with the team.