The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Houston to take on the Rockets of James Harden and Russell Westbrook at the Toyota Center.
It is expected an exciting game between two of the best teams in the NBA at the moment. The Bucks made some key additions but also lost some pieces that complemented Giannis Antetokounmpo very well. Malcolm Brogdon, who signed for Indiana, had a very decisive role last year, both in the regular season and playoffs. On the other side, they added more size with Robin Lopez, Brook Lopez twin brother. It will be interesting to see if Mike Budenholzer will change their regular playstyle as they have two bigs capable of playing together, or if he’ll stick to last season’s plan. Giannis is obviously the key piece in the Bucks system and could very well fill the Power Forward position, giving them a chance to add one more shooter to the lineup, spreading the floor.
Key Departures - Malcolm Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic
Key Additions - Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews
For the Houston Rockets, one of the few additions they’ve made is Oklahoma City Thunder former superstar, Russell Westbrook. The explosive Point Guard has the potential to turn this team to a perennial title contender as he’ll make a deadly duo in Texas like he made back in the day when they were teammates in OKC. The question, however, arises as to whether they can share the ball enough for Houston’s offense to not be so stagnant as they both need the ball in their hands to make it work. Thabo Sefolosha and Ben McLemore are another two players who signed for the Rockets this year and could provide an impact of the bench, both in terms of shooting and defensive wise.
Key Departures - Iman Shumpert
Key Additions - Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Ben McLemore
For what is worth, the Houston Rockets proved to be ready for the season to start in the pre-season, as James Harden was scoring at will regardless of who was in the opposite side. Only Giannis has the tools to slow him down, but I’m not seeing the Greek trying to cover him risking himself to get on foul trouble early on. With Westbrook on the team as well, it will be hard for the Bucks to guard the Rockets backcourt. I expect a close game, to be decided in the last minutes of the game, but for playing at home I’ll give Houston the edge to win.
Houston Rockets to win @1.74
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