2019-20 NBA – Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets taking place? Friday 25th October, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What television channel is Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service

Where can I get tickets for Milwaukee Bucks @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Milwaukee Bucks 108 – 94 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

  • Out of nowhere, the Bucks had the best record in the NBA during the 2018-19 season after becoming the only team to reach the 60-win plateau (60-22). They went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in six games against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions.
  • The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in free agency, while also parting ways with Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell, but they added several shooters in Kyle Korver, Dragan Bender and Wesley Matthews and also extended the contract of Khris Middleton, arguably the second-best player in the franchise.
  • Repeating their regular season performance might be difficult, but the Bucks once again look like one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Their expectations are clear – they want to reach the NBA Finals after being so close to doing so last season.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets endured a slow start to the season but bounced back just in time to finish with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference (53-29). They reached the Conference semi-finals, where they lost against the Golden State Warriors in six games.
  • Houston made one of the biggest trades in recent memory when they acquired Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder, in exchange for a package headlined by Chris Paul. They also signed Tyson Chandler and Ben McLemore, while losing veterans Iman Shumpert and Kenneth Faried. Just by adding Westbrook they look like a stronger team, though.
  • The Rockets have title ambitions and that’s their goal for the 2019-20, especially after pairing Westbrook with James Harden. It remains to be seen whether Houston can live up to the hype, but they should be one of the top contenders in the Western Conference.

THE PREDICTION

Arguably, three of the best five players in the league will feature here – Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Russell Westbrook – so this promises to be a stellar matchup. However, the Bucks have more depth and a better-assembled team than the Rockets. That should be enough to have Milwaukee as the slight favourite here, in what promises to be a high-scoring affair.

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