Wizards or Raptors? A Case For Washington as Bucks Opponent
Milwaukee Bucks are in the playoffs, and as of now, they’re locked into the sixth seed. The only way they can be a five seed is if Atlanta loses their last two games. If Hawks beat Hornets tonight, it’s officially the sixth seed for Milwaukee. Toronto Raptors would be the opponent. They’re currently one game up on Washington Wizards at the four seed. They’re still a chance that Wizards could become the three, but it’s looking unlikely. Let’s take a look at Washington. We looked at Toronto earlier today.
Season Series: The teams met four times in a span of a month this season. It’s hard to get a true grasp on these games from just the box score. In the third game, Milwaukee blew a 10-point lead with under four minutes to lose the game to Washington. In the final game, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game with a sickness. Three of the four games were close with Bucks blowing out Wizards once at home right before Christmas.
How did Giannis do against them? In a couple words, he went off. Giannis dominated Washington in the three games he played against them averaging 29.7 points per game, 11.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists. Washington cannot guard Giannis and he knows it. In the blowout win, Antetokounmpo dropped 39 points in a truly dominating performance.
Reason to be excited? Besides the whole Giannis coming out party that would happen, Khris Middleton did not face this team once this season. That’s a huge x-factor given how bad Washington has been this season against wing players. This matchup sets up very nicely for Middleton plus what we already talked about with Giannis, you can see why this is the preferred matchup.
Reason to worry? Wizards are tied for third in all of the NBA in their record at home with 30 wins and only 11 losses. John Wall and Bradley Beal protect their house better than most teams in the NBA. It’s a true advantage for them in the playoffs especially in Round 1 where they will get four games at home. As we mentioned, Bucks held their own at Verizon Center, but they didn’t capture a win. In fact, Bucks haven’t won in D.C. since 2013.
Final Verdict – Every Bucks fan probably should want Washington. They stack up better considering what Giannis has done against them, and the potential for Middleton to go off. In theory, Bucks would only need to win one game at Washington if the concern is how well Wizards play at home. Washington is a pipe dream, but still possible at this moment.