Milwaukee Bucks (34-47, 12-28 road) vs. OKC Thunder (55-26, 30-10 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 111.3 (4th), Bucks– 101.5 (30th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 107.2 (15th), Bucks – 102.5 (4th)
Pace: Thunder – 92.7 (13th), Bucks – 89.7 (25th)
View from the enemy: Bucksketball
The 82-game schedule wraps tonight versus Milwaukee, but fortunately, we get more games after this. Scott Brooks said the Thunder’s starters will start, but won’t play their normal number of minutes. He used the same strategy last season in OKC’s final game versus Memphis. And of course, the Thunder won that night.
Yes, the three-seed is still within reach, but it’s smart to be smart about minutes here. There’s nothing really THAT important to play for tonight. So take it easy, be smart but of course, try to win.
Milwaukee coming in: The Bucks have won two straight and three of four since being eliminated from playoff contention. They last played Monday.
Andrew Bogut is out because he had elbow surgery so Kendrick Perkins gets an easier night than expected in matching up with Drew Gooden. Without Bogut, the Bucks have gone small, playing Carlos Delfino at power forward.
Russell Westbrook has a serious size and strength advantage over Brandon Jennings and will look to bully him a bit. John Salmons is a pretty good scorer and can get going, so he’s someone to watch. Same goes for Jennings.
Luc Ricard Mbah a Moute is actually a really, really good defender and will give Kevin Durant all he can handle.
Not the most important game, but it’d be nice to keep the momentum headed into the playoffs.
Tip at 7:00 CT. Go Last One.