National Basketball Association
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
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