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In the comments section of this post, leave your prediction for tonight’s Bucks-Nets game. Final score and both team’s top scorers. The winner will receive FOUR tickets to Sunday’s Bucks-Knicks game in section 111, row GGG.
Don’t feel any pressure to pick Milwaukee either. If you think they’ll lose, then you think they’ll lose. I’m looking for the closest pick, not the homeriest pick (yes, I made that word up).
Onto a few quick notes about tonight’s game.
- New Jersey is 5-4 since having acquired Deron Williams in a surprising trade with the Utah Jazz. While Williams hasn’t shot particularly well (33%), he’s averaged 13.7 assists per game, a number that would qualify as his career high if he could maintain it over the course of a season.
- Williams is the sizable yet quick sort of point guard that can really bother Milwaukee’s slender Brandon Jennings. Williams is averaging 22 points and 10.5 assists against Milwaukee this season and shooting 55.6%. Keeping him out of the paint is always a challenge, and will be a primary focus of Milwaukee’s defense again. Especially with dangerous shooters like Anthony Morrow and Sasha Vujacic around him.
- After missing Wednesday’s game with a migraine, Andrew Bogut should return against the Nets. The Bucks got little in the way of big man scoring against the Magic with Bogut out, so they will likely look to establish him inside early and often. Coming off a 21-point effort, hopes were high for Bogut on Wednesday, and they’ll remain high for him against the Nets on Friday.
- Chris Douglas-Roberts had managed to play at least two minutes in seven straight games before Milwaukee’s loss to the Magic on Wednesday. He was unable to make much of a difference in Milwaukee’s two worst losses, to the Celtics and Hawks, but we can hardly blame him for that, no one on the Bucks made much of a difference in those games. He’s worth mentioning when the Bucks play the Nets, as he had one of his strongest games of the season against his former team on his birthday in January. If Milwaukee needs an offensive boost tonight, it’s possible he could be granted an opportunity once again.
- With things going the way they have of late, it’s tough to ever feel confident about a Bucks win heading into a game. But Milwaukee’s been strong against the Nets this season. At least the pre-Williams version. Williams is the type of player who makes a major impact on every game he plays in though and has transformed the Nets from miserable to middling simply by putting on a jersey. If he bumps up his shooting percentage and keeps his assists at a high level, he turns the Nets into a legitimate eighth seed contender as soon as next season. These certainly aren’t the Nets Milwaukee has walked over this season.
Prediction: Bucks 94 – Nets 87