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Bucks open season tonight!

Joe Zenzola
October 24, 2019 - 11:56 am
Giannis and Khris

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HOUSTON -- It's been a long 153 days since the Bucks were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Finals by the Raptors, but the wait for Bucks basketball has come to an end. 

The Bucks kick off their 2019-20 season tonight in Houston, facing James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the new look Rockets.

Tonight is the first game for Giannis Antetokounmpo since winning last season's MVP award, and the first game for Khris Middleton since signing a near max contract extension this offseason. The Bucks big two averaged a combined 46/18.5/10.2 last season, leading the Bucks to 60 wins and their first Eastern Conference Finals in 18 years. 

The pressure has never been greater on the dynamic duo, especially with Giannis' free agency looming just a couple years away.

There were concerns that last year's first team All-Defensive PG Eric Bledsoe would miss this game with fractured rib cartilage, but Coach Budenholzer announced he would most likely be in the starting lineup for this matchup. In last years matchups, former MVP and last year's MVP runner up James Harden average 32/10/6 against the Bucks, but Bledsoe helped hold him to 39% shooting, 28% from three and 6.5 turnovers a game.

The Rockets are a bit banged up, with guard Gerald Green likely out a few months with a broken foot and Nene out for this game with a hip injury.

 

Can the Bucks start their season with a tough win on the road?