Aching but resilient, the Warriors on Saturday will attempt yet another revision of the NBA record book.
A win over the Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee would make the Warriors –- already the first team to open a season with 14 consecutive road wins and 24 in a row overall -– the first NBA team to complete a seven-game road sweep.
Whereas the Warriors (24-0) have been unblemished, Milwaukee (9-15) has been one of the league’s most disappointing teams. The Bucks rank dead last in rebounding (40.1 per game) and next-to-last in scoring (95.0) while playing at the second-slowest pace in the league.
Both teams will be on the second game of a back-to-back set, as the Bucks lost in Toronto Friday night while the Warriors needed two overtimes to hold off the Celtics in Boston.
Warriors by 8.5.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Brandon Rush vs. Jabari Parker. Though Parker is only the fourth-leading scorer for the Bucks, the second-year point guard is their most explosive player – and gives them their best chance to win. He’ll see Rush, but Parker also could be defended at various times by Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala. If Rush is able to hit a couple 3-pointers early, it would go a long way toward fracturing Milwaukee’s defense.
Warriors 10-0. Bucks: 3-7.
Warriors: G Klay Thompson (R ankle sprain) will start, it was announced 35 minutes before gametime. F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery rehab) are listed as out.
Bucks: G Jerryd Bayless (L ankle sprain) and G Greivis Vasquez (R ankle soreness) are listed as out.
The Warriors have swept both meetings in each of the last two seasons for their first ever back-to-back series sweep of the Bucks. The Warriors had lost seven of the previous eight matchups.
“It’s been that way pretty much every road game we’ve been to. The atmosphere is at a high and it’s making us better and teaching us a lot of lessons along the way.” – Stephen Curry on the gathering intensity in road venues during the trip