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Can a team called the Suns handle the cold? Bucks vs Suns Preview

| January 29, 2014

Category: Game Previews

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(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images 

What to Watch For: Bucks

Normally the way to counter a team that likes to run is to send your guys back on defense instead of going for the offensive rebound. But it’s not like the Milwaukee Bucks defense is going to stop the Suns anyway, so I feel like they just need to send everyone to get the offensive rebound. That’s what the Chicago Bulls do. It helps keep the opposing team from getting in transition and keeps possessions going. This is not what the Bucks will do because Larry Drew is the least inspiring coach ever.

My current Bucks feelings can be summed up in this gif:

What to watch for: Suns

In stark contrast to the Bucks, the Suns have one of the best offenses in the league. It’s easily the best offense without a certifiable superstar on the roster. They’ve been able to keep this really brilliant offense humming even with Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely. Bledsoe had been brilliant with Goran Dragic in two point guard lineups with both of them averaging over 15 points and 5 assists. But Bledsoe’s value for the Suns has come more on the defensive where he’s a solid man defender. In fact, losing Bledsoe may have helped the Suns offense since it gives more possessions to Dragic.

The Dragic, Channing Frye, Gerald Green 3-man lineup has the third best offensive rating among 3-man lineups in the league. They’re just behind Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James and Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Boris Diaw. Frye has been an important pick-and-pop guy for Dragic. Green has been very efficient from midrange – shooting 52% from that area.

Logistics

Time – 7:00 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Brandon Knight

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Giannis Antetokounmpo

PF Ersan Ilyasova

C Larry Sanders

Suns:

PG Goran Dragic

SG Gerald Green

SF P.J. Tucker

PF Channing Frye

C Miles Plumlee

Choose the form of the Destructor: Miles Plumlee

I’VE NEVER LIKE THE PLUMLEES. WHY IS HE DOING WELL??!!

Prediction: Suns 117 – Bucks 88

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Ian Segovia has been watching the Milwaukee Bucks for several years and has been writing for about as long. Those are all his qualifications.

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  1. rowe499 says:

    Ok, Ian. A 29 point loss seems to be a safe prediction.

    More importantly, John Henson got screwed on All Star Weekend selections.

    Sullinger, Waiters and Terrence Jones all trail Henson in most of the major categories. Henson 20.5 PERS is BY FAR better than any of those other player. Plus, his 2.2 blocks per game is top 5 in the entire league. Henson 12 points, 8 boards and 2.2 blocks plus shoots 53% from the field is way better. Really, not even close when you match up the player stats.

    League must not want to reward 8 win team. Giannis sure to be more spectacular, I guess.

  2. dipsydoo toyou says:

    Ok Ian….you must have discussed your game prediction with Jeremy-only he could give a 29 point spread for this game!

    Do I think the BUCKS could WIN tonight(?)-most definitely!
    Would I bet my last dollar on it,…sure. I ONLY have one dollar to my name,and I will get good odds.

    I believe that tonight’s game is a WINNER for home team….
    my prediction BUCKS 102-SUNS 97

    GO BUCKS GO

  3. Jake says:

    More ‘Slav Please…