Who’s to Fear? The Deer or the Cavalier? Bucks at Cavs Preview

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

The Pistons have Andre Drummond and they are the best offensive rebounding team in the league (18th in defensive rebounding percentage). And the Bucks are the worst defensive rebounding team in the league. Somehow the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons on the boards which seems like the biggest upset of the season.  They’ll have another good rebounding challenge against Anderson Varejao and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not really out of the question for the two things that won them the rebounding battle against the Pistons to appear again: a strong game from Miroslav Raduljica and a number of long rebounds off of some incredibly irresponsible threes.

Speaking of irresponsible three pointers, everyone is about to suffer from Caron Butler’s second good game of the season. Remember Butler’s 38 points against the Sixers? Neither did I! He followed that up with five points against the Charlotte Bobcats. Expect the same because going 7-7 from midrange is preposterous. But going 2-10 from three again is not out of the question!

What to watch for: Cavaliers

Watch out for Luol Deng! The Cavaliers haven’t taken off like they hoped since acquiring Deng (3-4 since trading for him). He’s been modestly good only averaging a 17 and 4, but that’s better than anything they’d be getting from Dion Waiters, Earl Clark, or Alonzo Gee in that spot.

This is a game between two of the least efficient offensive teams in the NBA. Both of them are even worse post-timeout. I’d put money down that no one scores after a timeout in this game.


Time – 6:30 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Projected Lineups


PG Brandon Knight

SG Giannis Antetokounmpo

SF Ersan Ilyasova

PF Ekpe Udoh

C John Henson


PG Kyrie Irving

SG C.J. Miles

SF Luol Deng

PF Tristan Thompson

C Anderson Varejao

 Choose the form of the Destructor: Anderson Varejao

(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
(AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Varejao has played 42 games this season! That’s nice.

Prediction: Bucks 83 – Cavaliers 79

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  1. You’re going to be in trouble with one seasoned scribe from Racine, Caron has actually had 4 decent games. 20/5(17 shots) on 11/13 vs. Orlando and 16/7(11 shots) vs. Phoenix on Jan 4th. I’m expecting a not so good performance tonight.

  2. CanadaBucks – good to hear from you here as well. I’ve enjoyed your comments on BrewHoop in the past, but have recently started reading Bucketsball also.

    I am just glad Caron had a game without a turnover. That was the most impressive thing for me.

  3. I’m on the fence about Caron performance tonight. I haven’t heard anything about post game knee swelling, or any other adverse effects from Wed. nights game. I’m going to stay optimistic-say 11 points on 5 of11 shooting.

    No matter who plays, I want to see the same type of effort given as well tonight-from ALL PLAYERS! The formula for a WIN streak…EFFORT!

  4. The Cavs are possibly the poster team for primo lottery picks, with seemingly a top-four pick every season; and not only is their record under .500, but I find out from Ian that they’re one of the least efficient teams on offense. Yikes!
    I really like Kyrie Irving’s game, and saw that he is a starting all-star; but his success is interesting, too, in that even with him excelling the Cavs continue to sputter.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavs surge in the second half of this season; but in any case, they might be the most striking of the Cautionary Tales of the Tank.