With seven games left in the 2020-21 NBA season, the top seed in the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs.
Milwaukee (44-21) currently sits in third place, three games behind conference-leading Philadelphia (44-21) and 1.5 games behind Brooklyn (43-23).
The good news for Bucks fans is Milwaukee has the second-easiest remaining schedule in the league based on its opponent’s winning percentage (.416). The bad news? The Sixers own the easiest strength of schedule (.376) in the league.
Even as recently as a few weeks ago, the Washington Wizards would have qualified as an easy opponent. After all, the Bucks have won their last seven meetings with Washington, outscoring the Wizards 135.9-123.3 in those contests.
It’s the fourth-longest ongoing winning streak over a single opponent for Milwaukee, behind Chicago (12 straight wins), Sacramento (10) and Detroit (10).
However, the Wizards likely won’t go down easy Wednesday night. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook have helped the Wizards to 13 wins in their last 16 tries. Washington (30-35) now holds the 10th spot in the East, the final slot in the new NBA play-in tournament debuting this season.
Washington has scored 110+ points in 13 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history since a 14-game run at the beginning of the 1978-79 campaign.
To counter the Wizards’ attack, the Bucks will have to rack up points themselves, which hasn’t been a problem all year. Milwaukee has 137 quarters of 30+ points this season, including three in Tuesday’s 124-118 win over Brooklyn. In second place in that category are the Nets with 120.
The last time these two teams met at Fiserv Forum, Khris Middleton racked up 51 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while nailing seven 3-pointers. He became one of just five players in NBA history to tally 50+ points, 10+ rebounds, 5+ assists and 7+ 3s in a single game, joining Ray Allen (2007), Kevin Durant (2014), James Harden (twice; 2016 and ’19) and Damian Lillard (2020).
Bally Sports Wisconsin will televise the clash between Milwaukee and Washington, with “Bucks Live” airing at 6:30 p.m.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar