Thunder (53-20, 21-15 road) at Bucks (35-36, 19-17 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 112.2 (2nd), Bucks– 103.7 (21st)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.5 (4th), Bucks – 105.2 (11th)
Pace: Thunder – 93.7 (8th), Bucks – 94.6 (11th)
View from the enemy: Bucksketball
Among many other reasons, a major shame in losing Friday to the Wolves is that the Thunder are now faced with the possibility of dropping back-to-back games. This game in Milwaukee will be a serious challenge, especially coming off a game the night before while having to play a quality opponent.
The Bucks aren’t great, but they can definitely be dangerous. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings can get hot, Larry Sanders can dominate the interior and they can wreak havoc on the offensive glass. I can tell you this, if the Thunder bring similar effort tonight that they did last night, this could be ugly.
Fun fact: This is the last team the Thunder haven’t played this season. And it comes in game 64, with a return trip from the Bucks happening the last game of the season.
Milwaukee coming in: Beat the Lakers on Thursday.
Three Big Things
1. Show up. Seems important to mention after last night’s affair.
2. LARRY SANDERS! He’s someone that can take over a game, especially defensively. He’s an excellent rim protector and shot alter-er. He could make life difficult on Russell Westbrook’s slashes to the bucket.
3. Bench. The Thunder’s was poor against the Wolves and the Bucks can be tough with their second unit after adding J.J. Redick. He’s a player that can cause problems shooting and attacking. And with Ellis and Jennings, the Bucks can mix and match with their backcourt combinations.
Tip at 7:30 CT. Go Saturday.