Two potential MVP candidates clash in the opener between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets when the Bucks head to the Toyota Center to face the Rockets Thursday.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT. If you don’t have cable, you can watch the Bucks vs Rockets via one of the following live-TV streaming services:
TNT is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Bucks vs Rockets on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
TNT is one of 60-plus live TV channels included with Hulu With Live TV, which also comes with Hulu’s huge on-demand streaming TV and movie library.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Bucks vs Rockets on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
TNT is included in Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” bundle, which comes with 40-plus live TV channels.
You can start a free seven-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Bucks vs Rockets on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, cloud DVR is available as an add-on.
Bucks vs Rockets Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a breakthrough 2018-2019 season. Last year, the Bucks finished in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 60-22 record.
Led by the NBA’s reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks made it all the way to the finals last season before falling to the Toronto Raptors. This year, they’re entering the season with great expectations. Antetokounmpo was a true MVP for the Bucks last season, leading the team in points, (27.7) rebounds (12.5) and assists (5.9).
Antetokounmpo will be joined by forward Khris Middleton, who averaged 18.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists last year, and Brook Lopez, a big man in the middle who also proved to be a dangerous 3-point shooter last year.
The Houston Rockets finished the 2018-2019 season with a 53-29 record, fourth in the Western Conference. The team’s season ended when it lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
James Harden, who has led the NBA in scoring over the last two seasons, is also coming off a career year in which he averaged 36.1 points a game. Harden is a force, and will be difficult to contain, even with the Bucks formidable defense.
The Bucks were 2-0 against the Rockets last year. Milwaukee played some of their best defense against the Rockets last season–they held Houston to 101.5 points a game, which was the Rockets’ lowest output against any team.
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has a plan in place to try to overcome the Bucks’ dominant defensive attack:
“Before they can get set up defensively, we have to create some turnovers and get out on the break. We will not come out and play any different, just hoping to play a little bit better,” he said.
Many are excited to see the Rockets’ new dynamic duo in action for the first time. Harden will be joined by Russell Westbrook, who the team acquired via trade for Chris Paul this offseason. Westbrook, who is a much more well-rounded player than Paul, will bring a major additional scoring threat to this Houston Rockets team. Westbrook averaged a triple double last year: 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists.
This game has all the makings for a back-and-forth battle, and should be one of the best games of the week.
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