Bucks’ Khris Middleton won’t play Wizards on Thursday

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Forward Khris Middleton has been ruled out by the Milwaukee Bucks for Thursday’s game against the Washington Wizards, according to NBA.com’s official injury report.

Middleton has left wrist pain, an injury he sustained against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

This will be the second straight game for the All-Stars on the sidelines after missing Tuesday’s 126-98 blowout win over the Chicago Bulls.

Despite missing several games, head coach Mike Budenholzer doesn’t think Middleton is a long-term problem.

The 30-year-old ranks second on the team with 20.4 PPG while adding 5.4 RPG and 5.4 APG in 59 appearances.

Wes Matthews is likely to get another start in Middleton’s absence, while there should also be more minutes available for striker Pat Connaughton. Matthews was solid in his 24 minutes Tuesday, scoring 11 points, including two threes, on 4-8 shooting. Connaughton, playing just his second game since finger surgery on February 10, had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes. Both players are in play for Thursday’s DFS competitions, with Connaughton offering the biggest advantage.

FanDuel Sportsbook has Milwaukee at +650 odds to win the NBA title.

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