Player News - Bucks

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Khris Middleton hit 11-of-16 shots, five 3-pointers and hit 3-of-3 free throws for 30 points, five boards, two assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes of Monday's 124-117 loss to the Cavaliers.

Middleton has been really good for most of the season and is rolling right now, averaging 25.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.0 3-pointers on 59 percent shooting over his last five. Middleton's returning third-round fantasy value on the season and is a must-start player down the stretch.
Mar 19 - 10:18 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 13-of-20 shots and 11-of-11 free throws for 37 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal in 39 minutes of Monday's 124-117 loss to the Cavaliers.

Giannis did his best to fend off LeBron James, but LeBron had a 40-point triple-double and the Cavs got the win. Giannis has scored at least 33 in three straight games and is averaging 31.2 points, 9.8 boards, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. He's aptly nicknamed, no doubt.
Mar 19 - 10:15 PM

Tyler Zeller (sore ribs) will not play on Monday vs. the Cavaliers.

Zeller is still feeling discomfort and contact is an issue. Thon Maker and Marshall Plumlee will provide depth behind John Henson, but the Bucks may go small against the Cavaliers with Giannis Antetokounmpo picking up some minutes at the five. Henson is the only true center you can trust.
Mar 19 - 5:48 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points with 12 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, four steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes during a 122-117 win over the Hawks on Saturday.

The Bucks are giving him ridiculous minutes and it has a lot to do with how poorly the Bucks play without him. On the season, the Bucks have a -9.1 net rating when Giannis is off the floor. That's by far the worst on the team among players that have been on the roster all year (Henson -3.2). Fantasy owners are enjoying the extra playing time and Giannis should continue to see major usage.
Mar 17 - 9:44 PM

Jabari Parker scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He had some bounce in this game with two jams on John Collins and Mike Muscala (video in link below). The minutes continue to hang in the low 20s, but Parker is starting to produce more consistently. He's still not doing much on defense, so his upside is capped. He's been fun to watch lately, though.
Source: ESPN NBA
Mar 17 - 9:39 PM

Tyler Zeller (back) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

He was back last week, but this issue from earlier this month keeps him out again. We could see some Thon Maker, but the Bucks are going to run out a lot of Giannis Antetokounmpo at the five.
Mar 17 - 4:28 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 38 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes during a 126-117 loss to the Magic on Wednesday.

The Bucks defense didn't show up a night after the Magic scored just 72 points last night, and coach Joe Prunty had an explanation. "Horrible effort," he said. Antetokounmpo continues to be used at the five more, and Prunty put his star player in earlier than usual to cause him to hit the 40-minute mark. On the whole, Giannis' usage rate since the break is down at 29.8 compared to 31.7 before All-Star. Maybe the Bucks will feed the freak more often.
Mar 14 - 9:46 PM

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points with two rebounds, eight assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Magic on Wednesday.

That's better after a discouraging Friday and Monday with only 26 minutes per game in those two wins. Excluding injury-related games, that down set was the first time he didn't hit 30 minutes in consecutive games since Jan. 10. The Brandon Jennings signing likely won't affect Bledsoe as he continues to post early-round value.
Mar 14 - 9:38 PM

Brandon Jennings played nine minutes with two points, one rebound and one assist against the Magic on Wednesday.

Not great after the 16/8/12 line in his season debut on Monday. Jennings only had a three-minute stint in the first half, but he had two fouls and was roasted on defense. His value looks like it's tied to Eric Bledsoe more than anyone else, which hammers home the point that his big Monday game had a lot to do with Bledsoe's foul trouble. Jennings should be better than this and there is an opportunity, but this was obviously a reality check. It's likely a bumpy ride and most owners probably won't want to deal with that.
Mar 14 - 9:33 PM

Jabari Parker never got it going offensively vs. the Grizzlies on Monday, hitting 3-of-6 shots for six points.

The rest of his line wasn't much better with three rebounds, two assists and three turnovers. Parker's minutes are still floating around the lower 20s and he was only averaging 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 treys in his previous five games in March. He'll improve, but he's not a must-own player right now.
Mar 12 - 10:47 PM

Khris Middleton scored 24 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the line in Monday's easy win over Memphis.

Slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo was the focus of Memphis' game plan, so Middleton found himself wide open for several looks. Not only did he shoot the ball well, but Middleton also grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and a pair of triples in 35 minutes. He's flirting with top-30 value on the season and is off to a great start with two games left on the schedule this week.
Mar 12 - 10:41 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 20 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one triple in Monday's win over the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies were swarming him every time he got the ball, and Giannis turned the ball over six times and was in foul trouble for most of the night. He eventually salvaged his night with a strong fourth quarter, finishing 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line. He will have two more cupcake matchups this week against the Magic on Wednesday and the Hawks on Saturday.
Mar 12 - 10:35 PM

Brandon Jennings put on a show in his first game back with the Bucks, scoring 16 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds in 24 minutes in a 121-103 win over the Grizzlies on Monday.

Jennings looked like he lost a step in previous stints with the Wizards and Knicks (related to his Achilles injury), but since then he's been dominating overseas and in the G-League. He looked explosive tonight and had the green light for a team that is ranked 28th in 3-pointers per game, hitting 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-6 triples and all three free throws. It's worth noting that Eric Bledsoe (24 minutes) was in foul trouble and the Grizzlies aren't the most formidable team with 18 straight losses, so there are reasons to be skeptical about this line. With that said, he passed the eye test tonight and should at least be on your radar going forward.
Mar 12 - 10:30 PM

Brandon Jennings will be available to play Monday vs. Memphis.

Joe Prunty said he's aiming to get Jennings "some minutes" off the bench, "depending on the flow of the game." He could see some limited run with the second unit tonight, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in fantasy hoops.
Mar 12 - 6:42 PM

The Bucks have recalled D.J. Wilson from the G-League.

He hasn't been in the rotation and we don't expect that to change any time soon.
Mar 12 - 10:10 AM

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