Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Preview
Cleveland at Milwaukee
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 10, 2018
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Three days after their involvement in a three-team, five-player trade, the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks square off on Monday. The Cavaliers shipped veteran point guard George Hill to the Bucks on Friday while acquiring guard Matthew Dellavedova and center John Henson from Milwaukee in the deal that also involved Washington.

Both teams dropped their first game after the trade before picking up wins over the weekend, with the Bucks making a big statement on Sunday by knocking off Eastern Conference-leading Toronto on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points and a season high-tying 19 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon hit a pair of late 3-pointers as part of an 18-point effort as Milwaukee improved to 10-3 against the East. Cleveland hit 15 3-pointers and shot 52.8 percent in a 116-101 home win over the Wizards on Saturday. Rookie Collin Sexton scored 29 points and Tristan Thompson recorded 23 and 19 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 4-6 following a 2-14 start.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cleveland), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (6-20): Cleveland had a 49-33 advantage on the glass against Washington while turning over the ball just nine times. "We had guys that stepped up and played really well," coach Larry Drew told reporters. "It was one of those games that we got into a pretty good rhythm." All the roster fluctuations gave little-used forward Jalen Jones a chance to contribute Saturday, and he did so in a big way with a 4-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (17-8): Center Brook Lopez also chipped in 19 points while making 5-of-8 3-pointers and Brogdon sank a total of three shots from beyond the arc while improving to 16-for-26 from long range over a five-game span. "We're a really good team this year," Brogdon said during a postgame television interview. "We have confidence in ourselves, we're resilient, we got a coach that has confidence in us every night, win or lose." Hill and forward Jason Smith, who came over from Washington in Friday's trade, were with the team Sunday but did not see any action in the win.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Thompson has collected exactly 19 rebounds in three of his five games this month.

2. Bucks SF Khris Middleton is 20-for-65 from the floor over a five-game span.

3. The teams meet again in Cleveland on Friday and have two more matchups in March that also are just four days apart.

PREDICTION: Bucks 113, Cavaliers 105
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Cleveland 6-20 W1 4-10 2-10 0-0 6-20 0-4 5-12
Milwaukee 17-8 W1 12-3 5-5 1-2 16-6 4-0 10-3
Last Meeting
Cleveland Milwaukee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/19/18 MIL 117 CLE 124 124 42 49.4 117 32 51.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cleveland L. James 40 55.2 5
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 37 65.0 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cleveland L. James 12 5 7
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 11 3 8
Assists Player  
Cleveland L. James 10
Milwaukee E. Bledsoe 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cleveland J. Clarkson 455 45.0 50
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 707 58.4 158
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cleveland T. Thompson 330 139 191
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 353 68 285
Assists Player  
Cleveland C. Sexton 79
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 160
Quickchart Matchup
Cleveland Cleveland Off vs  Milwaukee Milwaukee Defense
Cleveland Off vs Milwaukee - Points For 103.5 Points For
Cleveland Off vs Milwaukee - Points Against 109.8 Points Against
Cleveland - FG% 44.8 FG%
Milwaukee - FG% 44.0 FG%
Cleveland - Reb 43.7 Reb
Milwaukee - Reb 43.4 Reb
Milwaukee Milwaukee Off vs  Cleveland Cleveland Defense
Milwaukee Off vs Cleveland - Points For 119.4 Points For
Milwaukee Off vs Cleveland - Points Against 111.5 Points Against
Milwaukee - FG% 48.0 FG%
Cleveland - FG% 48.9 FG%
Milwaukee - Reb 50.2 Reb
Cleveland - Reb 41.7 Reb