Philadelphia 76ers (39-20, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (36-22, third in the Eastern Conference) Milwaukee; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks have gone 21-10 against Eastern Conference opponents. Milwaukee averages 14 turnovers and is 22-12 in games when losing the turnover battle. The 76ers are 25-8 in Eastern Conference play. Philadelphia is third in the Eastern Conference allowing just 108.8 points while holding opponents to 45.5% shooting. The teams square off for the second straight game. TOP PERFORMERS: Khris Middleton leads the Bucks with 2.2 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 20.3 points while shooting 43% from beyond the arc. Brook Lopez is averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers and 13.7 points over the last 10 games for Milwaukee. Danny Green leads the 76ers averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers while scoring 9.7 points per game and shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc. Joel Embiid is averaging 9.2 rebounds and 27.7 points per game over the last 10 games for Philadelphia. LAST 10 GAMES: Bucks: 5-5, averaging 121 points, 48.7 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 8.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.7 points on 46.3% shooting. 76ers: 5-5, averaging 108.5 points, 41.9 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 8.7 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.8 points on 47.7% shooting. INJURIES: Bucks: None listed. 76ers: Ben Simmons: out (illness), Furkan Korkmaz: day to day (ankle). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
The Bucks defeated the 76ers, 124-117. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 27 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, while Khris Middleton (24 points, five assists) and Bobby Portis (23 points, 9-11 FG, 5-5 3pt FG) added 47 points in the victory. Joel Embiid tallied 24 points, three rebounds and three assists for the 76ers in the losing effort. The Bucks improve to 36-22 on the season, while the 76ers fall to 39-20.
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and Khris Middleton had 24 as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 124-117 on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference's top teams. Bobby Portis added a season-high 23 points as the Bucks ended a five-game home losing streak. Milwaukee never trailed and led by as many as 21 to defeat Philadelphia for the fourth consecutive time.