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2018 Schedule
1-1, 2nd in Central
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Greek Freak shines, with the King getting the win (0:56)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo to ESPN when asked how he's improved the most in his five years in the league: "I think my mentality. The way I approach the game. The way I approach just a simple practice. That's my mentality. I take this more serious. I'm not taking this for granted no more. I think my rookie I was just having fun. I was 18 and I was living the American dream. Now, I think it's like, it's time to like work hard and achieve goals and do whatever it takes for your team to win. So I think my mentality has changed since my rookie year."

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Cavs top the Bucks with an impressive night from LeBron (2:43)
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LeBron gets the better of Giannis (1:39)
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Giannis soars for fast-break slam (0:23)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs bench ranked 29th in the league in bench scoring last season at 29.1 points per game. Tonight Cleveland's reserves are outscoring Milwaukee's second unit 40-17 late in the fourth quarter.

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Giannis beats LeBron for the reverse and-1 (0:26)
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Greek Freak swats Love, leading to a ferocious dunk by Middleton (0:34)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to show he is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the league. He appears to be even more confident in his all around game this season. He is going to give teams a headache every night throughout the year.

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Giannis triple-pumps under the basket before layup (0:17)
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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Playoff atmosphere in Milwaukee tonight.

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Giannis goes baseline for the dunk (0:15)
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Giannis rips down board for putback layup (0:18)
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Giannis feeds Maker for the slam (0:16)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Been to plenty of games in Milwaukee — never heard it this loud. Fans are into it early chanting "MVP, MVP" for Giannis.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Is it OK to call them freaks?

ESPN Stats & Info

The King vs. The Greek Freak

Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 18.1 PPG in his career against the Cavs, which is his highest scoring average vs. any Eastern Conference opponent. LeBron James has made his mark at BMO Harris Bradley Center in the past. In 26 career games in Milwaukee, James has averaged 28.4 PPG, which is the fourth-highest scoring average for any player vs. the Bucks in a career (minimum of five games played).

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Greek Freak leading the way for Milwaukee

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals last season, becoming the first player to lead his team in each since LeBron James did it for the Cavaliers in 2008-09. Only two players in the East averaged 20 PPG while shooting 50 percent from the field last season: Antetokounmpo and James.

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LeBron, D-Wade and Lue give high regards to Giannis (0:47)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about Kobe Bryant's MVP challenge for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season: "Well, I think at the end of the day, it's all about team success. That's what we all want. I'm not here to piggyback on what someone else has challenged him on. That's for him and his teammates and the response that he had from Kobe. But he has the skill set, he has the talent and he has a great coach that can help him get to that point."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on Giannis Antetokounmpo: "He's a very dynamic player, very good player and on the path to greatness, that's for sure, if he's not already there."

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LeBron discusses Giannis' MVP candidacy (0:41)
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Bucks a surprise favorite over Cavs

Milwaukee is the slight home favorite over the defending Eastern Conference champs. All eyes will be on the matchup of LeBron James vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo as both players started their MVP cases with huge season debuts.

Team Stats

Points Per Game108.0Tied-13th
Rebounds Per Game45.0Tied-15th
Assists Per Game19.0Tied-23rd
Points Allowed100.0Tied-9th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-1811.500
2016-174240.512
2015-163349.402
2014-154141.500
2013-141567.183

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