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Milwaukee Bucks To Face Indiana Pacers In NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee Bucks are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Milwaukee Bucks will begin their NBA playoff journey as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, setting up a first-round matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks secured the 3-seed after a disappointing 113-88 loss to the Orlando Magic in their regular-season finale.

Despite facing a team that has had their number throughout the season, Bucks coach Doc Rivers expressed confidence in his team's ability to focus and prepare for the challenge ahead. The Bucks struggled against the Pacers in their previous matchups, losing four out of five games, including a defeat in the in-season tournament back in November.

With the last meeting between the Bucks and Pacers taking place on Jan. 3, Rivers acknowledged the need to review game footage to identify areas of improvement. The team has undergone significant changes since their last encounter, including a coaching transition and adjustments to their playing style.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining composure and staying focused on their championship aspirations, Bucks players highlighted the need to control emotions during the upcoming series. The intensity between the two teams was evident in past matchups, with memorable moments like a dispute over possession of the game ball.

As they head into the playoffs, the Bucks are looking to learn from their recent struggles, having lost eight of their final 11 games in the regular season. Forward Khris Middleton stressed the importance of analyzing past performances to make necessary corrections and improvements.

One key uncertainty for the Bucks entering the postseason is the status of star player Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed the final three games due to a calf strain. While Antetokounmpo remained in Milwaukee for rest and treatment, reports from the team indicated positive progress in his recovery.

As they gear up for the playoff series against the Pacers, the Bucks are focused on turning the page on their regular-season setbacks and channeling their efforts towards a successful postseason campaign.

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