Atlanta swoops into Milwaukee like … some kind of bird: Bucks – Hawks Preview

There will be no Jeff Teague on Saturday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
There will be no Jeff Teague on Saturday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

Surely Larry Drew would especially like to win this game, the one against the former team that pretty much told him after last season they were going to shop around and see if they could find a better coach, but if he wanted to hang out, if that didn’t work he could still have the job.


I suspect the dreaded “big lineup” with Ersan Ilyasova comes to an end tonight, as the Hawks are one of three NBA teams that are worse at rebound collection than the Milwaukee Bucks. I get the idea of a team trying different things when its 20some games under .500, but playing an obvious power forward at small forward smacked of desperation in a bad way from where I sit.

What to watch for: Hawks

The Hawks still play a brand of basketball that Drew enjoys, I’m sure. They are a high volume 3-point shooting team and fairly accurate, thanks to capable bombers in Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap (surprisingly), Lou Williams and pretty much the whole bench. Aside from having all the shooting, the Hawks have been buoyed by the development of Jeff Teague, an object of Milwaukee’s affection over the summer. Alas, Teague is out after sustaining an ankle injury against the Spurs Friday night.

In his place will be a combination of Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack. An opportunity for victory exists for Milwaukee tonight against this injury ravaged Hawks squad.


Time – 7:30 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups


PG Brandon Knight

SG Khris Middleton

SF Giannis Antetokounmpo

PF John Henson

C Larry Sanders


PG Dennis Schroder

SG Lou Williams

SF Kyle Korver

PF Paul Millsap

C Gustavo Ayon

Choose the form of the Destructor: Kyle Korver

Shooters gonna shoot. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Shooters gonna shoot. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Korver has made a three in 111 straight games, which is a testament to his consistency and the ability of the Atlanta Hawks to use him well. Korver doesn’t have the pull capabilities of a Stephen Curry or even of a Brandon Knight, so he relies on his teammates to get him those 3-point looks. He shots 5.8 threes per game, 5.2 of them coming via the catch and shoot method. As a comparison, Knight is attempting 4.1 threes per game, with only 2.2 coming via catch and shoot.

So Korver is going to come off some screens on Saturday night, that’s safe to say. And he’s going to make at least one three. That feels safe to say too.

Prediction: Hawks 102 – Bucks 100

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