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Game 34 (Abbreviated) Preview: Bucks at Lakers

| January 10, 2010

Category: Game Previews

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Milwaukee Bucks (Scott Skiles) 15-18

(Likely) Inactives: Joe Alexander and Dan Gadzuric

at

Los Angeles Lakers (Phil Jackson) 28-8

(Possible) Inactive: Pau Gasol (Hopefully)

Date: 1/10/10

Time: 8:30 (CST)

TV: FS Wisconsin

Match-Ups

Point Guard

Brandon Jennings vs. Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard

Michael Redd vs. Kobe Bryant

Small Forward

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute vs. Ron Artest

Power Forward

Ersan Ilyasova vs. Lamar Odom (or Pau Gasol)

Center

Andrew Bogut vs. Andrew Bynum

Bench

Luke Ridnour, Hakim Warrick, Charlie Bell and Kurt Thomas

vs.

Shannon Brown, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Sasha Vujacic

Prediction: Lakers 102 – Bucks 94

To be blunt, the Bucks have no individual match-up advantages.  Jennings may be more talented than Fisher, but lacks the experience, defense and consistency that Fisher provides, especially with a rookie coming into L.A.  The one place where the Bucks have a glimmer of hope is the bench.  IF Gasol doesn’t play due to his on going hamstring issues, Odom is forced into the starting line-up and the Lakers are left relatively thin.  Farmar and Brown can provide some fireworks, but the Lakers don’t have anyone with the (recent) consistency of Ridnour or Warrick.

Word is that Gasol won’t play, which is great news for the Bucks, as he exploded for 26 points and 22 rebounds in the Lakers visit to Milwaukee earlier this year.  His absence doesn’t make a victory all that much more likely, but it probably gives the Bucks a psychological boost on the heels of a confidence building three game win streak.  Alas, the Lakers home court and overall talent surrounding their superstar Bryant is probably still too much for the, not-so-good-on-the-road Milwaukee Bucks.

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