The Milwaukee Bucks will face the Charlotte Hornets in the first-ever NBA regular season game in Paris on Friday night (24/01).
The Bucks are the best team in the NBA at the moment. They have the best record in the league (39-6) and currently are on a seven-game winning streak.
Milwaukee has the best offensive line in the league, scoring 119.4 points per game. At the same time, they are equally strong defensively, conceding just 106.7 points per game.
Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is the undisputed leader of the Bucks, averaging 30 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.
The Bucks are expected to finish on top of the Eastern Conference (the Miami Heat are 7.5 games behind) and their sole target is to reach the NBA Finals and fight for the title.
On the other hand, the Hornets keep struggling this season. Charlotte is on a seven-game losing streak and has a 15-30 record.
The Hornets score just 103.3 points per game, while they allow their opponents to post 110.6 points per game.
Despite not playing well, the Hornets have maintained a playoff push. They are just 4.5 behind the Brooklyn Nets, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Undoubtedly, the Bucks will enter Friday’s game as the grand favourite to earn the victory and extend their winning streak to eight games.
It will be a big upset if the Hornets, in their second game in Paris in 26 years (1994), stun their opponents.
Although the latest betting odds are not out yet, every basketball predictions blog and every betting website is listing Milwaukee as the favourite to win the 2020 NBA Paris Game.
Concerning the game itself, it will be the first time ever that an NBA regular season game will be played in France. At the same time, the 2020 NBA Paris Game will mark the 11th NBA game in France.
*TalkBasket.net is in Paris and has been covering all the action from the AccorHotels Arena, which is expected to be packed tomorrow night, as all tickets have been sold out.