The Milwaukee Bucks are set to embark on a five-game road trip, starting with a matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. The game will mark the debut of new head coach Doc Rivers, who was hired last week. This game is poised to be a significant test for Rivers and the Bucks, as they face off against the defending NBA champion Nuggets.
Denver is coming off a 111-105 home victory against the Philadelphia 76ers, who were without Joel Embiid due to left knee soreness. Despite the win, Denver has had mixed performances in their last two games, including a substantial loss to the Knicks and a narrow victory against the Embiid-less Sixers.
The Bucks, meanwhile, are coming off a commanding 141-117 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the team with 30 points. Milwaukee’s offensive prowess has been on full display, averaging 124.4 points per game this season.
In terms of coaching changes, the Bucks made the surprising decision to fire their previous head coach, Adrian Griffin, who had a 30-13 record at the time. Thus, Rivers steps into a team with high expectations and a strong winning record.
Looking at the betting odds, bet365 has laid out the probabilities for this high-profile matchup. The Nuggets have been performing well at home, with an 18-4 straight-up record but a less impressive 11-10-1 record against the spread.
Injury-wise, the Bucks have Antetokounmpo listed with an illness, while the Nuggets have no new injuries to report, with Julian Strawther and Vlatko Cancar out due to existing injuries.
When it comes to betting and player prop trends, Lopez and Jokic have been consistent performers in recent games. Antetokounmpo is also showing a strong record in statistics such as steals and blocks. For those looking to consider wagers, a boosted same-game parlay featuring Jokic and Antetokounmpo, as well as Jokic achieving a triple-double, may be attractive options to explore.
In summary, the upcoming game between the Bucks and the Nuggets promises to be an exciting and closely contested matchup, with both teams looking to assert their dominance on the court.