The Milwaukee Bucks (19-7) will host the Golden State Warriors (14-13) in a game that could serve as a preview of the 2023 NBA Finals. Last season, these two teams split their two games, with the home team winning both games and covering the spread.
The Warriors’ road to another championship repeat has a long way to go, but it has been bumpy so far. Golden State has an NBA-best 12-2 home record but is only 2-11 on the road.
Klay Thompson had 34 points (14-26 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 36 minutes against Boston on Saturday.
So, there’s no reason he can’t play in Tuesday’s game, right?
Due to a sprained left ankle, Draymond Green is questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Bucks.
Green most likely sustained the ankle injury during Saturday’s win over Boston, in which he finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes, but the issue does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out of the first half of a back-to-back set.
Andrew Wiggins (groin) will miss games against Milwaukee on Tuesday and Indiana on Wednesday.
Wiggins has already missed three games due to a groin strain in his right leg, and he will be evaluated again on Monday. While he is recovering well, he will miss at least two more games before being re-evaluated on Thursday. His next appearance will be against the 76ers on Friday.
The Bucks have won seven of their last nine games, but their four-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday as a 10-point underdog against the Rockets, 97-92.
Khris Middleton (ankle) is expected to play against the Warriors on Tuesday.
Middleton left Sunday’s Rockets game with a sprained left ankle, but coach Mike Budenholzer downplayed the severity of the injury.
Budenholzer’s optimism is echoed by Middleton’s probable designation, and he should be able to work through the issue on Tuesday.
Jrue Holiday is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Holiday has been a solid contributor recently, averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game. He is, however, battling an illness that will keep him from facing the Warriors. If the 32-year-old is unable to play on Tuesday, George Hill and Jevon Carter are likely to see increased playing time.