The Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Milwaukee Bucks look for a win to get back to a .500 record. The Utah Jazz also look for a win to rebound from a 1-2 preseason start.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last six preseason games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 107.3 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Jordan Nwora is averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Khris Middleton is averaging 14 points and two assists. Grayson Allen is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Bryant is dishing 1.3 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The Utah Jazz have lost six of their last 10 preseason games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 104.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jared Butler is averaging 19 points and three assists, while Rudy Gobert is averaging 19 points and 19 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Donovan Mitchell is grabbing two rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks are still taking a careful approach with their key players, and it’s led to some spotty results despite great shooting from the field. The Utah Jazz are coming off a dominant preseason win over the Pelicans, and they should give their starters some run here with this being their last preseason game. I’ll give the Jazz the edge here at home.
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