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Bucks vs. Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Bucks vs. Warriors watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Milwaukee Bucks are coming to town Wednesday, and they’ll walk into Chase Center with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the exalted status that comes with owning the best record in the NBA.

This means the Warriors, to give themselves a chance to win, must summon their A-plus game -- as they did on Christmas Day against the imposing Houston Rockets.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:00, with tipoff for the ESPN telecast scheduled for 7:10, followed by postgame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area immediately after the final horn.

The Warriors (9-29) afflicted by a series of injuries have spent most of the season in the cellar of the Western Conference. They should get a boost, though, as Draymond Green will be back in the starting lineup after a one-game absence. D’Angelo Russell, who has missed the last four games, returned to practice on Tuesday but still is listed as out.

The Bucks (32-6) are coming off a stunning 126-104 loss – their worst of the season -- at San Antonio on Monday night. Milwaukee has not lost consecutive games this season. Since losing two of their first four games, the Bucks have not lost twice in the same week.

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PROJECTED LINEUPS

Bucks

F  Khris Middleton
F  Giannis Antetokounmpo
C  Brook Lopez
G  Wesley Matthews
G  Eric Bledsoe

Warriors

F  Glenn Robinson III
F  Draymond Green
C  Willie Cauley-Stein
G  Damion Lee
G  Ky Bowman

INJURY REPORT

Bucks: F Giannis Antetokounmpo (back soreness) is listed as probable. G George Hill (illness) is listed as out. G Frank Mason III and G/F Cameron Reynolds are on assignment with the Wisconsin Herd of the G League.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), C/F Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), G D’Angelo Russell (right shoulder contusion) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Bucks: Antetokounmpo’s numbers: 30.2 ppg (55.3 FG pct.), 12.8 rpg, 5.6 apg. Simply staggering considering this: 31.0 mpg. No one in NBA history has averaged 30 ppg while playing less than 34 mpg ... Never known as a great shot blocker, Brook Lopez is averaging a career-high 2.6 bpg, second in the league ... Hill’s absence might be significant. He’s averaging 10.2 ppg off the bench and leads the league in 3-point pct. at 51.8 ... More of the bench scoring burden falls on G Donte DiVincenzo and F Ersan Ilyasova and G Kyle Korver, who combine to average 23.0 ppg ... Six of their top nine rotation players shoot better than 36 pct from deep ... The Bucks lead the NBA in defensive rating (102.2), opponents FG pct. (41.3) and rpg (51.5). They have not been held below 100 points and are outscoring opponents by an average of 11.6 ppg. If they continue on that pace, it would be the highest differential since the 1995-96 Bulls ... Milwaukee’s 32-6 represents the best start in the history of the 52-year-old franchise.

Warriors: With Russell listed as out, coach Steve Kerr likely will keep his two-way guards, Bowman and Lee. If both play, their remaining NBA-activity totals would be five days for Bowman and one for Lee ... Lee is averaging 14.3 ppg over the last 13 games, 11 of which he started while shooting 38.5 pct from deep ... Green, who will spend considerable time defending Antetokounmpo, admits it’s a challenge: “I haven’t played this Giannis.” Green last faced Giannis before the Bucks star had won an MVP award ... F Omari Spellman 15-of-23 from the field, including 5-of-9 from deep over his last three-game, averaging 21.4 mpg during that span ... If the Warriors are looking for a weakness in Milwaukee’s defense, they’ll find it beyond the arc. Opponents are shooting 37.0 pct. from deep against the Bucks. Only five teams are more vulnerable there. On the other side of that, the Warriors are shooting 33.4 pct. from distances, tying Orlando for fourth-worst in the league.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Derrick Collins, Derek Richardson.

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Programming note: Relive Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference Finals when NBC Sports Bay Area re-airs the Warriors' win over the Rockets on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. PT.

Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall is following the shelter-in-place rules.

He is practicing social distancing and doing his part to flatten the curve.

But if he had to quarantine with one of his Warriors teammates right now, who would he pick?

"Ohhhhhhh. Ummmmm. I would choose my man Ky Bowman," Paschall told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Wednesday night. "He's always in a positive mood. His energy is unmatched.

"Definitely Ky. Me and him live in the same complex so I could do that anyway. But definitely my man Ky. We'd be compatible."

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It's safe to assume Paschall never thought he would be asked that question after the Warriors selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But the world has been turned upside down and here we are.

Lastly, Willard asked Paschall why he wears No. 7 with the Dubs.

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"All the other numbers I used to wear were taken," the Villanova product said. "No. 11 -- obviously I can't get that one. Klay Thompson has it. No. 14 is retired, No. 24 is retired and No. 4 -- Omari (Spellman) had. But at the time, Quinn Cook had it.

"So I was just stuck with seven ... I'm gonna stick with seven because it's a new journey in my life."

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