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Two Eastern Conference contenders will meet Thursday night when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee, playing on the road for the ninth time in the past 10 games, is on the second leg of a back-to-back. The Bucks were dominant in their 130-105 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolveson Wednesday, allowing coach Mike Budenholzer to go deep into the bench early.
Clint Capela has averaged 19.9 points on 66.7% shooting, 14.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while appearing in seven of the eight games. The Bucks allow the lowest field goal percentage on shots inside of six feet, holding opponents to 57.7% shooting, while the Hawks rank 10th (60.5% allowed). Brook Lopez ranks fifth in the league in rim protection, allowing opponents to shoot just 50.9% at the basket while he’s defending.