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Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks preview: Odds, props, injuries, TV & more

Two of the league's heavyweights - and two of the last three players to win MVP - clash when the Denver Nuggets visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

The Bucks have had an up-and-down stretch since Doc Rivers took over as coach after the firing of Adrian Griffin. Milwaukee sits in third in the Eastern Conference, seven games behind the conference-leading Boston Celtics.

The Nuggets are jockeying for position at the top of a competitive Western Conference, where Denver and two other teams are within a half-game of the first-placed Minnesota Timberwolves.

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Odds

DEN Nuggets-115 ML
MIL Bucks-105 ML
SpreadDEN Nuggets -1.0
Total PointsO/U 230.5

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Information

WhereFiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
When8 PM ET, Monday, February 12
How to watchNBA TV

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Props

Player Points

Giannis AntetokounmpoO/U 30.5
Nikola JokicO/U 26.5
Damian LillardO/U 25.5
Jamal MurrayO/U 23.5
Michael Porter Jr.O/U 14.5

Player Rebounds

Nikola JokicO/U 12.5
Giannis AntetokounmpoO/U 11.5
Bobby PortisO/U 7.5
Michael Porter Jr.O/U 6.5
Aaron GordonO/U 5.5

Player Assists

Nikola JokicO/U 8.5
Jamal MurrayO/U 7.5
Giannis AntetokounmpoO/U 6.5
Damian LillardO/U 6.5

Denver Nuggets Injury Report

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Hamstring, questionable
Michael Porter Jr.: Knee, probable
Vlatko Cancar: Knee, out

Milwaukee Bucks Injury Report

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Knee, probable
Damian Lillard: Ankle, probable
Khris Middleton: Ankle, out

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Stats

  • The Bucks are 22-6 at home and the Nuggets are 15-13 on the road.
  • Denver creates lots of its scoring opportunities from passes, as the team ranks fifth in the league in assists per game, tied for second in shots stemming from cuts to the basket, and fifth in percentage of passes that are assists.
  • The Nuggets are sixth in the league in points per game in the paint with 53.2, and they lead the league in touches of the ball in the paint, touches of the ball at the elbow, and post-ups per game, illustrating their offense's goal of getting Nikola Jokic in positions to make plays.
  • The Bucks attempt the joint-third-most pull-up shots per game (24.5), making those shots 40.2 percent of the time.
  • Denver hardly shoots in transition compared to other teams, doing so 12.9 times per game, while Milwaukee is in the middle of the pack with an average of 14.6 field goal attempts per game from transition plays.
  • The Nuggets are fifth in offensive rebound percentage (26.2 percent), and Milwaukee ranks 27th in that statistical category (22.0 percent).
  • While he's not known for his defense, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has the league's 13th-best defensive rating at 110, which is the best of any player on the Nuggets or Bucks.
  • Both teams rank in the bottom five in points off turnovers and in the bottom 10 in points from fast breaks.

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Head-to-Head

Monday's game is the second and final time these teams will meet in the 2023/24 NBA season. The Nuggets won their first meeting in Denver 113-107 as Jokic had a triple-double and Antetokounmpo scored 29 points.

Nuggets wins65 wins
Bucks wins39 wins

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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