The Golden State Warriors will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Here is how to watch this NBA game online via live streaming.
The days of the NBA regular season are dwindling, and as teams either race toward the bottom of the standings or attempt to grasp precious playoff spots, the magnitude of the remaining games grows more palpable. Two teams gearing up for a playoff run are the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors, who will face off on Thursday night in the nightcap of a nationally televised doubleheader.
Tipoff is scheduled for 10;30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PST) on March 29, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The game will be broadcast nationally on TNT, and the home Warriors’ feed will also air on NBC Sports Bay Area. The game can also be streamed online via NBA League Pass and FuboTV.
The Warriors 54-20 remain among the best teams in the NBA despite injuries to their four All Stars. They rank third in offensive efficiency and 10th in defensive efficiency, with the third-best point differential in the NBA. When fully healthy and engaged, Golden State can be the league’s most dangerous team on both ends of the floor. No matter where those marks rank by the end of the season, this team should be the favorite to win the NBA title come playoff time.
While the Warriors can afford to coast the rest of the way, Milwaukee (39-35) still finds itself in the midst of an intense battle for playoff seeding in which it must fight for every win. The Bucks rank ninth in offensive rating and 19th in defense, a relatively substandard mark given the length, athleticism and defensive potential on the roster. Giannis Antetokounmpo has put together a marvelous season, and the team craters in the few minutes per game he spends off the floor.
This season has been a tumultuous, and frankly, disappointing one for the Bucks, who with Giannis Antetokounmpo and a cast of versatile role players appeared poised to threaten the Eastern Conference hierarchy before the season. The remaining schedule represents an opportunity for Milwaukee to get back on track before entering the high-stakes atmosphere of the NBA playoffs.
Golden State has been fighting injuries to its best players down the stretch of the season. Klay Thompson is out with a fractured right thumb (his shooting hand), Kevin Durant has missed time with a fractured rib, though he’s expected to return on Thursday night. Draymond Green has been nursing a pelvic contusion and nagging shoulder problems for the last few games. And most recently and catastrophically, Steph Curry suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, which will keep him out until at least the second round of the playoffs.
To what extent the Warriors can stay healthy in the playoffs obviously has a significant bearing on their chances of repeating as NBA champions. With the second seed in the West effectively locked up, Golden State will be particularly cautious with its stars’ health. An additional injury – or an exacerbation of an existing one – to a key player is a risk the defending champs can ill afford.