Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (right knee sprain) and center Serge Ibaka (personal) are both out of Wednesday night’s home game against the Denver Nuggets. Marjon Beauchamp (bruised right wrist) was also upgraded to likely.
This will be Portis’ first missed game of the season. Ibaka has only appeared off the bench in two games since November. It appears the 14-year veteran has already played his last game in a Milwaukee uniform. Ibaka is on the trading block due to his dissatisfaction with the team.
According to multiple NBA betting sites, the Bucks have the third best odds to win the championship. Some sportsbooks are showing higher odds for the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.
The Bucks filed an injury report for Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets.
Bobby Portis (Right Knee Sprain)
Serge Ibaka (not with team)
MarJon Beauchamp (Right Wrist Crush)
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) January 24, 2023
In 47 appearances this season, Portis has averaged 14.4 points and career-highs of 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He also shoots 49.9% off the ground and 34.1% off the bow.
On December 13, the eight-year veteran scored a season-high 25 points in 33 minutes in the Bucks’ 128-111 win over the Golden State Warriors. In addition to grabbing 11 boards, Portis shot 11 of 15 (73.3%) off the field and knocked down a 3-pointer.
Bucks forward Bobby Portis (right knee sprain), center Serge Ibaka (personal) plays Nuggets on Wednesday
As for Serge Ibaka, the two-time block champion averaged career-lows of 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 11.6 minutes per game in 16 games off the bench. He also shot 48.1% from the ground and 33.3% off the arc.
For Denver’s injury report, Michael Porter Jr. (personal) and Bones Hyland (finger) were downgraded to out for Tuesday’s intraconference matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. Nikola Jokic (hamstring) and Peyton Watson (groin) were listed as questionable. And Jokic decided to play too.
Nikola Jokic, who sustained a hamstring injury, will play the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
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Additionally, the Nuggets’ 101-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday ended their nine-game winning streak. With the exception of Denver’s game against the Pelicans, the Western Conference top-ranked contender is 11-10 away, 27-10 as a favorite, 6-4 as an underdog and 33-14 overall.
Additionally, the Bucks are 6-4 in their last 10 contests. They have won three of their last four games. Milwaukee is 18-5 at home, 26-9 as a favorite, 4-8 as an underdog and 30-17 overall. The matchup on Wednesday evening is the first direct duel this season.
Based on ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Bucks have a 65.5% chance of defeating Denver at home. Sportsbook has yet to release the betting lines for this off-conference showdown.
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