NBA TV will feature a potential Finals preview on Saturday night, when the Milwaukee Bucks invade Ball Arena to face the Denver Nuggets. This will be the second of a back-to-back on the road for Milwaukee, who raced out to a 15-point lead after one quarter and never looked back during a 144-116 victory against Utah last night. The Bucks (53-20) connected on 22-for-50 from the three-point line and shot a sizzling 56 percent overall.
All five Milwaukee starters scored in double figures and were led by Grayson Allen with 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting. All-Star F Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 24 points and 11 assists in just 25 minutes of action. Brook Lopez added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who lead Boston by 2.5 games for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Denver Nuggets have won 30 of their first 36 home games and hold a 3.5 game lead over Memphis for the top spot in the Western Conference. On Wednesday, Denver outscored Washington by 23 points during the third quarter of a 118-104 road triumph. The Nuggets (49-24) assisted on 28 of 42 made field goals and shot 51 percent overall.
All-Star C Nikola Jokic led all scorers with 31 points (12-16 FG) to go along with 12 rebounds and seven assists. Michael Porter Jr. chipped in 21 points (7-16 FG) and seven rebounds. Jamal Murray added 17 points and eight assists for the Nuggets, who connected on 15-for-32 from long distance.