Portland will begin a four-game road trip Monday night in Milwaukee. The Trail Blazers have now dropped three of their last four games, including a 118-113 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday. Milwaukee has also struggled recently, having lost four of its last six games.
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Milwaukee was the NBA’s hottest team to begin the season, winning all nine games. Since then, the Bucks have lost four of their last six games, unable to maintain their hot start.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out four assists to keep Milwaukee in the game on Friday.
For the third game in a row, he went 4 of 15 from the free throw line.
Khris Middleton (wrist) will be out against the Trail Blazers on Monday.
Khris Middleton appears to be nearing his debut, but it will not be on Monday.
The Bucks haven’t said much about Middleton’s recovery from surgery on his left wrist, though coach Mike Budenholzer said on Sunday that the All-Star was “able to do a little bit” at the team’s most recent practice.
Wesley Matthews (hamstring) will be out against the Trail Blazers on Monday.
Portland began the season as one of the NBA’s most surprising teams, winning nine of its first twelve games. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, have dropped three of their last four games, including a pair of home losses to Brooklyn and Utah last week.
They received more bad news on Sunday when Damian Lillard was diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain. He’d just returned to the court after missing four games with a calf strain, but he aggravated it in the second half against Utah.
Keon Johnson (hip) will be out against the Bucks on Monday.
Keon Johnson will miss his eighth game in a row due to a hip pointer injury. His next appearance will be against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.