What to Watch For: Bucks
Injuries and perhaps some deep thought have forced the hand of Larry Drew. He’s giving big minutes to John Henson and some minutes to both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters. The result against the Bulls wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
What I’d love to see tonight is some retribution for Giannis. He had what was probably his worst game of the year against the Bulls and was especially schooled by the wise Mike Dunleavy. Hopefully he’ll be able to bounce back quick.
What to Watch For: Spurs
If you’re heading downtown to watch this game Wednesday night hoping you’ll see a bunch of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili, prepare to be disappointed. When San Antonio isn’t resting its stars, Greg Poppovich is making sure they don’t put too many regular season minutes on their bodies. None of the above plays more than 31 minutes per game, even the youngster Leonard.
But you should expect to see a fantastic defense and efficient offense that’s sure to give Milwaukee problems. This could be like Dunleavy vs. Giannis, except across the entire team.
Time – 7:00 PM Central
TV – FS-Wisconsin
Radio – 620 WTMJ
Bucks: Zaza Pachulia (right foot fracture; out), Caron Butler (sore left knee; out), Gary Neal (left foot plantar fasciitis; out), Larry Sanders (thumb; out), Carlos Delfino (foot surgery; out)
Spurs: Tiago Splitter (tight calf; day-to-day).
PG Brandon Knight
SG O.J. Mayo
SF Khris Middleton
PF Ekpe Udoh
C John Henson
PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Tim Duncan
C Boris Diaw
Jeremy’s For Recreational Purposes Only Prediction (aka Betsketball)
Line: Spurs -11.5
I can’t even believe how many players missed yesterday’s Bucks-Bulls game. Had I realized that Luol Deng and Joakim Noah were out for Chicago, I may have been able to salvage my ATS record a bit, but I didn’t. Things are getting out of control fast. Milwaukee and I quite out of sync. The victory over the Wizards? A loss to the Nets? Beating the Bulls? I didn’t see any of that coming.
The Spurs, I feel confident about. Kind of. On one had, the Spurs are a fantastically mechanical organization that commits to excellence. On the other, 11.5 is quite a bit. I’m getting Wizards game flashbacks. I’ll go with it. Bucks +11.5 and the under.
Record: 14-10 (5-7 ATS and 9-3 over/under)
Choose the Form of the Destructor: Danny Green
If this is what Khris Middleton ends up like, Milwaukee would be thrilled. He’s a very capable shooter with athleticism to defense twos and threes. His consistency over the past three seasons as a starter has been remarkable.
Green is the sort of player that will find himself planted on the weak side without a Bucks defender very close to him consistently on Wednesday night. It’ll just be on him to make the shots. If history is any indication, he will.