Nikola Jokic might be back for ailing Nuggets vs. Bucks

The injuries keep piling up for the Denver Nuggets, who carry a five-game losing streak into their Friday matchup against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.While reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic could return to face Milwaukee, the Nuggets will be without reserve guard P.J. Dozier. The fifth-year pro is sidelined indefinitely after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday during Denver’s 119-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.The short-handed Nuggets played Tuesday without Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. (back), Jamal Murray (knee) and Bones Hyland (ankle).Jokic has missed the past three games with a right wrist sprain but could be available to face a Milwaukee team that just completed a 5-0 homestand.Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He scored a game-high 33 points on Wednesday as Milwaukee crushed the Detroit Pistons 114-93.”I think overall we’re feeling good,” Antetokounmpo said. “Like once you start winning, you know you’re going to step on the court with a different swag, you know? So I’m happy there. I’m happy. I’m happy.”The Bucks are 7-0 this season when Antetokounmpo has played together with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. The trio combined for 66 points, 24 rebounds and 15 assists Wednesday.Milwaukee has received a spark from forward Bobby Portis, who tied a career high with six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 28 points against the Pistons.Portis is averaging 15.7 points while shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. The 26-year-old has scored in double figures in 10 straight games.Portis is part of a deep Milwaukee rotation that features nine players averaging at least 20 minutes per game.”We’re building some good habits here,” Antetokounmpo said. “And defensively we’re building good habits and offensively we’re moving the ball and finding the open man. Guys are making shots.”