The Denver Nuggets came into Milwaukee coming off an embarrassing blowout. Unfortunately for the Nuggets, the Bucks served up a repeat and Denver once again was playing their deep bench by the end of the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monstrous effort while Damian Lillard and Brook Lopez had their moments as well. The thrashing spoiled Nikola Jokic’s excellent night and two Nuggets starters exited the game early with nagging injuries. After a close first quarter it got ugly quick. By halftime Denver was down double digits and it only got worse from there. Gross game, gross result, Nuggets lose 112-95.
Lopez opened the scoring with a deep three and Giannis and Lillard followed it with back to back baskets which put the Nuggets in a quick 7-0 hole. Jokic finally got Denver on the board but the Nuggets continued to struggle to find any offense while Giannis scored at will. Milwaukee pushed the lead to eleven before the Nuggets finally started to get some shots to fall while Giannis got into early foul trouble. That sparked an 10-0 run for the Nuggets that included Lillard also getting into foul trouble. Jokic was dominating the Bucks with his scoring who were relying on their role players to carry the scoring load with their stars on the bench. That actually worked well for Milwaukee who regained the momentum at the close of the quarter and led 28-23 after the first.
Joker with the slam, thanks to the Reggie dime 🤝 pic.twitter.com/5i5VzBw3TJ
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) February 13, 2024
Giannis was back in to start the second quarter while Jokic was out and Giannis took advantage. He extended the run the Bucks closed the first with and just like that the lead was back up to double digits. It continued to grow in the non-Jokic minutes as the second quarter was quickly becoming a disaster. Joker checked back in with Denver trailing by fifteen but Michael Malone was quickly calling timeout after a thunderous Bobby Portis jam. It went from bad to worse for the Nuggets as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was still bothered by his hamstring and went back to the locker room instead of checking back into the game. Milwaukee kept growing the lead while Denver missed easy shots and soon the Nuggets found themselves trailing by more than twenty. They were able to stop the bleeding there but Giannis wasn’t going to let the Nuggets close the gap. Denver finally got a little momentum right at the end of the half, they went on a mini-run and trailed 60-44 after the second quarter.
BOBBY. BOBBY. BOBBY. https://t.co/otWaANLbiV pic.twitter.com/HRDzXx72C4
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 13, 2024
The Nuggets got more bad news to start the second half, Reggie Jackson started in place of Jamal Murray who was dealing with his lingering shin injury. Despite being shorthanded (KCP also was not with the starters) Denver had better energy, particularly Aaron Gordon, but Giannis continued to be the problem for them. The Nuggets defense wasn’t putting up much resistance to Milwaukee and that let the Bucks go on a run and push the lead back up to twenty. Denver’s offense wasn’t much better. Colin Gillespie was in and whether it was cause or coincidence everything looked bog down on that end (Colin had two travelling violations within a few minutes). Lillard started to find his rhythm which kept the lead right around twenty-four as the quarter was winding down. Denver’s offense continued to stall and the Bucks lead continued to grow. By the end of the third quarter Denver was down 91-63.
DAME 4-POINT PLAY. pic.twitter.com/g6ccpnzxEO
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 13, 2024
Michael Porter Jr. got the Nuggets on a mini-run to open the quarter to get them in the range of a respectable blowout instead of an outright butt kicking. They got it all the way down to twenty before Malone signaled Denver was conceding by putting Zeke Nnaji in where Jokic would normally have returned to the game. The Bucks started to look pretty disinterested in the game as well and they stalled out on offense but the Nuggets offense at that point was entirely reliant on MPJ who wasn’t able to convert consistently. It wasn’t long before the full reserve units were in with the likes of Gillespie, Julian Strawther and Braxton Key in the game. Let’s just say it wasn’t beautiful basketball. Meanwhile, Pat Connaughton got his shots off and the lead was right back in the twenties. As the game came to a close Milwaukee suddenly went cold but it was way too late to matter. The Nuggets reserves scored some glamour points to not make the game look quite as atrocious as it was but by the final buzzer it was a 112-95 loss.
Most. Valuable. Player.
36 PTS | 18 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK pic.twitter.com/eXQvN4milu
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 13, 2024
Best matchup: Nikola Jokic vs Giannis Antetokounmpo
The only player on Denver’s roster who can’t be blamed for the gross performance was Nikola. If this had been a close game then he almost guaranteed ends the night with a thirty plus point triple double. He ended the night with twenty-nine points, twelve rebounds and eight assists. He was the only thing to combat the continuous onslaught from Giannis who was every bit of his MVP self tonight. It didn’t matter if it was AG, Peyton Watson or Nikola himself, Giannis blew threw every defender the Nuggets threw at him. He finished with a monster double-double, tallying thirty-six points and eighteen rebounds. Jokic’s performance was able to cancel out Giannis to some extent, but Antetokounmpo was also able to cancel out Jokic and he got way more help from his teammates which proved to be the difference.
Injuries are way more concerning than the loss
The Nuggets worst decision tonight happened before the game even began when they decided that KCP was good to go. He didn’t look near 100% from the opening tip and exited the game in the first quarter never to return. Not sure what they were thinking on that one. Jamal also came up hobbled with the shin injury that has continued to bother him these past couple weeks. What’s concerning about both injuries is they come after Denver hasn’t played a game since Friday. One would assume both KCP and Murray were getting extensive treatment in those couple of days while they hung out in a hotel in Milwaukee (I mean, it’s Milwaukee, what else are you going to do?) and Denver would have a very solid grasp on where both players were at physically. With just one game before the now incredibly needed All-Star break, I’d be shocked if either player suits up against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
AG cashes the Thing to Bet with a huge block
We needed just one swat from Gordon to make good on our Thing to Bet tonight and he got it for us right before the end of the first half on a beautiful block of a Giannis finger roll layup attempt. It was one of the few bright moments in an otherwise woeful second quarter and if you took our advice and laid some money on it pregame then at least your leaving this game with silver lining.
Baird Center’s structure is engineered for big boats and ‘Jump Around’ – Milwaukee Business Journal
Mike Vogel’s structural engineering team at Graef designed the Baird Center to be strong enough to carry the weight of a boat show, and stiff enough to avoid vibrations causing a “Jurassic Park” ripple effect in wine glasses if a crowd jumps in unison to a live band’s hit song.
Those are just some of the standards used to engineer the addition onto the downtown Milwaukee convention center. Some of the structural challenges are even more stringent than the demands on a typical arena, for example.
Vogel is a principal and senior structural engineer for Graef, the Milwaukee-based consultant that handled that work for the $456 million Baird Center expansion that is set for a mid-May grand opening.
“It’s really fun to be a part of helping solve society’s challenges, whether it is a large vertical construction project or designing a robot or machine to help us,” Vogel said.
The addition is designed to feature big, open spaces for its two major convention halls, and Vogel’s team tested to make sure the structure could handle the weight of those events.
“This is long-span that has to take expo center loads, which are gigantic,” Vogel said. “You can imagine a boat show, or a hot tub show with a bunch of tubs filled with water.”
That means the floors of the convention hall are built to handle more weight than, for example, the roof of a typical sports arena. General building code standards require the roof of an arena to handle the weight of its own materials – called “dead weight” – but also up to about 30 pounds per square foot of snow buildup on top. The convention center’s exhibit spaces, by contrast, must handle up to 350 pounds per square foot in addition to their own dead weight, Vogel said.
“That gives them the maximum flexibility to attract events the community can appreciate,” he said.
It’s a whole different challenge to stop those stout floors from vibrating as people walk around or dance, or as bands play music with heavy bass.
That was another factor to consider, since the Baird Center’s second-floor ballroom is directly above its exhibition hall.
“You don’t want to excite that floor so that the lights below start moving,” he said.
Stopping that vibration is a separate challenge in addition to designing a structure to support weight without collapsing, Vogel said. Wisconsin Center District officials wanted the ability to have dinner and dancing in close proximity without glasses vibrating on tabletops, he said.
“Low bass starts to resonate with structure and can excite a structure so it can start to want to move harmonically,” Vogel said. “There’s different criteria if you have a concert and you have a bunch of people doing ‘Jump Around’ and all bouncing in unison. That will also excite a structure. That is very different than somebody walking on the floor.”
The depth of the structure contributes to its stiffness, and also more structural mass will dampen vibrations, for example.
Vogel ran through some of the stats on the materials that comprise the Baird Center’s structure.
It has 6,000 tons of structural steel, or about the equivalent to 12 fully loaded Boeing 747 airplanes. That includes more than 569,069 separate pieces of structural steel, held together by 169,152 structural bolts.
Think of those as the pieces of a Lego set or an Ikea table that haven’t been assembled. Graef designed the structure and created the instructions telling builders how to put them together. Bringing that work in house was among Vogel’s initiatives at Graef that can cut weeks off a project schedule. During the original convention center’s construction, paper design drawings were sent to an outside firm that drew up the assembly instructions.
Builders on the Baird Center expansion used those instructions to tell steel suppliers which parts to ship to the site and when they’d be needed.
“It comes out to about four truckloads, twice a week,” Vogel said. “They get four truckloads of steel. They erect that. They get another four truckloads. They continue until they are done.”
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo gets real on desire to win more titles with Milwaukee
The Bucks star admitted that he is hungry to bring another championship to Milwaukee after doing so in 2021.
It has been a rather topsy-turvy season for the Milwaukee Bucks. They may have a 35-21 record at present, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference, but there seems to be some sort of malaise that’s been plaguing the franchise for the duration of the 2023-24 season. But for Giannis Antetokounmpo, it’s put up or shut up time despite the uncomfortable noise surrounding the team, especially as of late.
Speaking with Malika Andrews of ESPN, the Bucks star expressed his thoughts on what it would mean for him to win another title for the franchise after his triumph in 2021 and how he intends to lead his team back to those incredible heights.
“Will I be happy to win another one for Milwaukee? Damn yeah. To be able to win two the right way? Man yeah… Enough with the talk… I need to get better,” Antetokounmpo said, via ClutchPoints Twitter (X).
Nonetheless, it’s not going to be easy for the Bucks, especially with all the off-court concerns they’re facing. Head coach Doc Rivers is already throwing the franchise under the bus, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo haven’t quite meshed as envisioned, and the roster isn’t as deep as it once was.
Still, one would think that Antetokounmpo’s legacy is already secure. He has brought a championship to the Bucks, which was only their second in franchise history, and he did so as the team’s bus driver (so to speak), cementing himself as the best player on a title-winning team. But the Greek Freak admits that he still feels pressure, both internal and external, for him to win another ring.
“What do you mean there’s no pressure? […] What if I told you there was more pressure? Now I have to, my mind, my body, I want that feeling again. I want to do it again. People expect me to do it. I expect this from me,” Antetokounmpo added.
It’s not quite clear if the Bucks can put together the pieces necessary for them to win a championship in 2024. The franchise has been through so much change and transition. But Giannis Antetokounmpo’s presence guarantees that the Bucks will have a fighting chance.
Milwaukee vs. Youngstown State Predictions & Picks – February 23
Friday’s game features the Youngstown State Penguins (19-9, 11-6 Horizon League) and the Milwaukee Panthers (14-13, 9-7 Horizon League) clashing at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in what is expected to be a close matchup, with a projected 78-77 win for Youngstown State according to our computer prediction. Tipoff is at 8:00 PM ET ET on February 23.
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Milwaukee vs. Youngstown State Game Info & Odds
- Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Live Stream: Watch this game on ESPN+
- Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Venue: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
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Milwaukee vs. Youngstown State Score Prediction
Youngstown State 78, Milwaukee 77
Spread & Total Prediction for Milwaukee vs. Youngstown State
- Computer Predicted Spread: Youngstown State (-1.1)
- Computer Predicted Total: 154.5
Milwaukee has gone 11-14-0 against the spread, while Youngstown State’s ATS record this season is 14-10-0. A total of 17 out of the Panthers’ games this season have hit the over, and 14 of the Penguins’ games have gone over. Over the past 10 games, Milwaukee has a 4-6 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall. Youngstown State has gone 6-4 against the spread and 6-4 overall in its last 10 matches.
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Milwaukee Performance Insights
- The Panthers score 78 points per game (74th in college basketball) and give up 78.6 (336th in college basketball) for a -16 scoring differential overall.
- Milwaukee wins the rebound battle by 1.8 boards on average. It collects 38.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 51st in college basketball, while its opponents pull down 36.9 per outing.
- Milwaukee makes 8.4 three-pointers per game (85th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 8.3. It shoots 32.7% from deep while its opponents hit 35.3% from long range.
- The Panthers’ 94.2 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 197th in college basketball, and the 94.9 points they allow per 100 possessions rank 256th in college basketball.
- Milwaukee forces 11.4 turnovers per game (181st in college basketball) while committing 12.4 (283rd in college basketball play).
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