Fear James Harden: Bucks – Rockets Preview

Will Terrence Jones strike again? (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Will Terrence Jones strike again? (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

Brandon Knight. Just watch him. He’s been good for a while now. Larry Sanders too. Other than that, the Bucks aren’t real good. They’ll probably lose this game. But it’ll be interesting to see Knight battle Patrick Beverley and Sanders battle the mighty Dwight Howard. 

Also, it’s Beard Night. That’s fun. Maybe we’ll see Miroslav Raduljica get back off the bench and create a hairy situation for the Rockets.

What to Watch For: Rockets

The Rockets are going places. Howard looks more like the Howard of old and not old Howard. James Harden is a superstar. They have a collection of role players who thrive as defenders or shooters, depending on who the player is. They play a style that most seem to enjoy and produces positive results. A lot is going well for them. You’ll enjoy watching them.

Things aren’t perfect in Houston and they are still probably a real solid piece away from being a title contender, but if that’s the biggest problem a team has, it’s in much better shape than Milwaukee. Terrence Jones has come up a number of times this season as a player that may need to be replaced, but he looked just fine when Milwaukee played in Houston earlier this year. He dropped 36 points and made the Bucks very sad.

Logistics

Time – 7:30 p.m. CST

TV – FS Wisconsin

Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: O.J. Mayo (illness/conditioning; out), Ekpe Udoh (ankle; out), Carlos Delfino (foot surgery; out)

Rockets: Greg Smith (hamstring; questionable), Francisco Garcia (hamstring; questionable), Omer Asik (knee; questionable)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Nate Wolters

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Ersan Ilyasova

Larry Sanders

Rockets:

PG Patrick Beverley

SG James Harden

SF Chandler Parsons

PF Terrence Jones

Dwight Howard

Choose the Form of the Destructor: James Harden

He’s super good and he plays a very smart game. He shoots a lot of jumpers, but a good many of them are 3-pointers and he uses the jump shot as a weapon to open up driving lanes so he can get layups, dunks and free throws. Offensively, he’s a surgeon.

Defensively, he’s been the butt of many a joke this season. But chicks dig the long ball. By that, I mean the three. So there you go.

Prediction: Rockets 124 – Bucks 102

Categories: Game Previews

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1 Comment

  1. Its beard night! Bucks will not lose! Well ok, they probably will but I’m betting that they wont lose by more than 11. That is the line at http://www.coinbet.cc and I’m feeling pretty confident they will keep it tight tonight! GO BUCKS!