Bucks-Bulls preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check:
Record: 16-25
Division: 3-3
Conference: 10-11
Road Record: 7-15
Last game: Lost 94-81 vs. the Grizzlies
Last 10 Games: 3-7
PPG: 91.2 (30th)
Opponents PPG: 92.8 (4th)
Offensive Rating: 100.7 (29th)
Defensive Rating: 102.4 (6th)
Pace: 90.2 (25th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .455 (30th)
Turnover Percentage: .131 (11th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .763 (4th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .259 (16th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .235 (13th)
Opp. eFG%: .483 (9th)
Opp. TO%: .146 (6th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .244 (21st)
Leading scorer: Brandon Jennings (17.9 PPG)

Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.

Bucks Injury Report:
Michael Redd: Left knee surgery (out indefinitely)
Brandon Jennings: Left foot surgery (out 4-6 weeks)
John Salmons: Strained right hip (day-to-day)
Drew Gooden: Left foot injury (day-to-day)
Carlos Delfino: Concussion (expected to play)

Overview:
The Bucks are a bad team.

An team riddled by injuries.

A team that, all things being equal, should have no chance of winning in the United Center, where the Bulls are 20-4 this season.

And that’s what worries me.

The Bulls have gone 21-6 since December 6. However, five of those six losses have come against the Clippers (17-26), Nets (12-32), Sixers (18-25), and twice to the Bobcats (17-25). They’ve also had some pretty ugly wins during that stretch.

This Milwaukee squad has lost nine of its last 13 games and is without its leading scorer. The Bulls should crush them like a bug. Assuming they play a complete game. That just hasn’t happened much lately…especially against lesser teams.

Said Luol Deng: “When we play a great team, (lapses) haven’t been a problem. It’s the below .500 teams that give us a problem. Teams are coming in here ready to play us. We can’t allow ourselves to (let up) against teams.”

The Bucks are uniquely dangerous. They are probably the worst offensive team in the league. But they’re also one of the best defensive units. They’ve held opponents below 100 points in 20 of their last 23 games. During that stretch, their opponents have scored 95 points or fewer 17 times and 90 or fewer eight times.

They’re physical and relentless…a typical Scott Skiles team.

This could be a problem for the Bulls. I’ve already detailed their offensive struggles. This could be a real defensive struggle. And in that case, it could be anybody’s ball game.

Bonus stats: In nine career games against the Bucks, Derrick Rose has averaged 18.2 PPG and 8.6 APG while shooting 45 percent from the field, 60 percent from downtown and 90 percent from the line.

7 Responses to Bucks-Bulls preview

  1. yomomma@hotmail.com'
    Scottie Pimpin January 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    defense vs defense. i like ugly games. kinda sucks the buck is injured though, would have been nice to see salmons jennings and co. compete and test our defense.

    that being said, the bulls need to turn the deer into beef jerky . no excuses, no mercy, no power foward in double digit scoring, go for blood.

  2. yomomma@hotmail.com'
    Scottie Pimpin January 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    or is it deer jerky ?

  3. strom@ucla.edu'
    Sam January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    The first team to score 80 will probably win this game… I expect this one to follow the typical pattern: the bad team scores bigtime in the first half and the Bulls trail by 8-12 points. Then in the second half the game gets tighter, the Bulls defense ratchets up a notch, and the bad team puts up a near-season-low quarter in the second half and looses badly.

    Both teams are very good defensively, but the Bulls have two players who can score on good defenses while the Bucks have none. Plus now that the Bears are out, the whole city can focus on Rose as the center of sport in Chi-town. I think he will feed off that energy and have a very good game.

  4. Ryan January 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Venison jerky! Haha. I’ll bring bring the grinder, cheese, and crackers!

  5. doubleaccord@gmail.com'
    Tony C. January 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Does it seem like there have been more injuries to important players (league-wide) this year than usual?

  6. Taekmkm@hotmail.com'
    Tae January 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    And yet Kurt Thomas is still wrly and injury-free. Veteran force-field.

  7. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath January 25, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    Well said … I still can’t believe it …

    Kurt Thomas

    22 / 9 / 5

    Did Big Sexy jump in the Hot Tub Time Machine before the game?

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