After suffering their worst loss since entering the bubble on Sunday, the Wizards have two final opportunities to come out of Orlando with a win.
In their toughest matchup thus far, Washington will square off with the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the East and a favorite to win the championship this year.
The Wizards’ young squad has faced some of the league’s best talent in its six games in the bubble, but they will now have to take down reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez to earn their first win since the restart.
While Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr., Jerome Robinson and others have all stepped up in the absence of Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and John Wall, will their combined effort be enough to take down one of the best rosters in the NBA?
WIZARDS vs. BUCKS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Bucks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Bucks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
WIZARDS vs. BUCKS TV SCHEDULE
8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
9:00 PM: NBA Milwaukee Bucks @ Wizards (LIVE)
11:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
WIZARDS vs. BUCKS WHAT TO WATCH
Now that the Wizards have officially been eliminated from the playoff race, their remaining goal in Orlando is to come away with a win or two. If they can’t make the playoffs, taking down the No. 1 seed is the next best feat, and Washington will have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday.
While the Wizards haven’t found their first win yet, they have shown promise in their first six games and hung tight with teams nobody expected they would like the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans.
Now that the Bucks have clinched the top seed in the east, the Wizards can hope to catch them on their heels. While Milwaukee took care of business and clinched its desired spot on the playoffs, its return in Orlando has been rustier than expected as well with a 2-3 overall record since entering the bubble.
If the Wizards can steal a win on their way out of Orlando against the top team in the East, it will go a long way in their young roster developing confidence as they look to the future.
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WIZARDS vs. BUCKS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jerome Robinson (4.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.3 apg): Robinson has been a pleasant surprise for the Wizards since entering the bubble and has stepped into a huge role coming off the bench. Despite averaging under five points per game during the regular season, Robinson has put up double-digit performances in five of the six games in the bubble, including a 20-point performance in the opener and two 19-point performances against Philly and Oklahoma City.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.8 ppg, 5.7 apg, 13.7 rpg): The toughest challenge for the Wizards thus far in the bubble is Antetokounmpo, the reigning 2019 NBA MVP and one of the recently named finalists in this season’s MVP candidacy. While his team has won just two games in the bubble thus far, Antetokounmpo has been sharp, scoring upwards of 30 points in four of the five matchups.
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