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Bucks unable to overcome injuries, starters sitting vs. Nuggets [UPDATE]

With Giannis, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez all out, the Bucks didn’t have much to get past the Nuggets in the road.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton drives to the net past Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam at Scotiabank Arena. Milwaukee defeated Toronto.  John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Final Recap — The Bucks were unable to get back in it and the Nuggets would go on to defeat Milwaukee pretty easily at home 109-95. Kyle Korver turned back the clock to lead the Bucks with 23 points. There were a few decent value plays, including Sterling Brown, but not much else from the Bucks in the loss.

UPDATE: Third Quarter Recap — Once again, the Bucks had a strong quarter and aren’t letting themselves be run over by the Nuggets. Milwaukee slightly cut into the lead, making this a five-point game heading into the final quarter. Korver now has a team-high 16 points and, most importantly, they have played lockdown defense on Nikola Jokic. The All-Star center has just two points one one of seven shooting from the field.

UPDATE: Second Quarter Recap — After a disastrous first quarter, the Bucks picked up some ground the second quarter. They cut into the lead and trail by eight at the half. Sterling Brown and Kyle Korver lead this makeshift in group in scoring with 11 points each. Despite the better showing in the second quarter, the Bucks are still facing an uphill battle. On the live line at DK Sportsbook, the Nuggets are favored by 9.5 points and are -560 on the moneyline.

UPDATE: First Quarter Recap — Without their core players, the Bucks are getting absolutely obliterated. They are down 15 at the end of the first quarter and it’s become clear that Middleton, Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo are all out of the rotation tonight. Milwaukee basically has the top seed in the Eastern Conference wrapped up and we could see more nights like this down in the final stretch of the season.

With the Milwaukee Bucks playing on the tail end of a back-to-back, neither Khris Middleton nor Brook Lopez are in the starting lineup. This raises serious doubts whether either will play tonight against the Denver Nuggets. Instead, the team is going with a starting lineups of Pat Connaughton ($3,100), Robin Lopez ($3,000), Sterling Brown ($3,000), Wesley Matthews ($3,100) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo ($3,000). All of them make for good DFS values although it’s really difficult to know what to expect from this team tonight.