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Houston at Milwaukee
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Giannis Antetokounmpo is progressing from a recent ankle injury and will look for a third consecutive stellar outing when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.5 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in two games since returning from a two-game absence.

Milwaukee owns a four-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the top seed in the Eastern Conference after Sunday's 127-105 victory over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers in which Antetokounmpo contributed 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. "I'm going to keep having my mindset, play through the pain, push forward and do whatever it takes for my team to win," Antetokounmpo told reporters afterward. "And when it's something really, really bad, I know they're going to do a great job of pulling me out from the team and telling me to rest." The Rockets are in third place in the Western Conference after recording a 113-90 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday for their 14th victory in the past 16 games. Star guard James Harden scored only 28 points against the Pelicans after averaging 59 over the previous two games.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (47-27): The Rockets were strong from the outset in the win over New Orleans as they built up a 19-point halftime lead en route to the easy win. "We've had previous games where teams weren't as good, or whatever you want to call it, and we kind of let up and we let one slip," Harden told reporters. "So that was a good job from top to bottom, coming in and playing your role and handling business." Backup guard Eric Gordon scored 18 points on six 3-pointers against the Pelicans and reached double digits in each of his past 11 appearances.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (55-19): Milwaukee intends to play it safe with Antetokounmpo down the stretch with shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and forward Nikola Mirotic (thumb) already sidelined. "We are dealing with his ankle, and as we have said, if we can have the first seed, that'd be great," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters, "but it's not the priority." Veteran guard George Hill would like to be more of an option with Brogdon sidelined and was superb against the Cavaliers by scoring 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Antetokounmpo had 27 points and a career-best 21 rebounds as the Bucks posted a 116-109 road win on Jan. 9 despite Harden pouring in 42 points for the Rockets.

2. Houston PF Kenneth Faried has 11 double-doubles in 21 games since joining the club.

3. Milwaukee C Pau Gasol (ankle) will miss the rest of the regular season but could return in the postseason depending on how far the club advances.

PREDICTION: Rockets 123, Bucks 117
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Houston 47-27 W2 27-10 20-17 3-1 44-26 10-6 27-19
Milwaukee 55-19 W2 30-6 25-13 6-4 49-15 14-2 37-10
Last Meeting
Houston Milwaukee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/9/19 MIL 116 HOU 109 109 46 37.6 116 49 48.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 42 43.3 10
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 27 50.0 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston C. Capela 13 7 6
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 21 4 17
Assists Player  
Houston P. Tucker 7
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Houston J. Harden 2626 43.8 706
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 1910 58.5 462
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Houston C. Capela 766 276 490
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 877 153 724
Assists Player  
Houston J. Harden 557
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 421
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Houston Off vs  Milwaukee Milwaukee Defense
Houston Off vs Milwaukee - Points For 113.1 Points For
Houston Off vs Milwaukee - Points Against 108.1 Points Against
Houston - FG% 44.8 FG%
Milwaukee - FG% 43.2 FG%
Houston - Reb 41.7 Reb
Milwaukee - Reb 44.9 Reb
Milwaukee Milwaukee Off vs  Houston Houston Defense
Milwaukee Off vs Houston - Points For 117.5 Points For
Milwaukee Off vs Houston - Points Against 109.7 Points Against
Milwaukee - FG% 47.7 FG%
Houston - FG% 46.9 FG%
Milwaukee - Reb 49.4 Reb
Houston - Reb 45.1 Reb