Chase Budinger is in town: Bucks – Wolves Preview

What to Watch For: Bucks (19-18)

If recent recent recent history is any indication, the Milwaukee Bucks will lose to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

BUT HISTORY IS MADE TO BE BROKEN … or something like that.

Over their past fie games, the Bucks have alternated wins and losses, but an opponent entering town with just five wins seems like a great way to “buck” (HA BECAUSE DEER) that recent trend. If Milwaukee is victorious, tonight seems like as good a night as any for the starting lineup to play a bigger role than the bench. Against the lowly Wolves, Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo and company could shine.

Kenyon Martin will likely make his Bucks debut tonight and you can get this scarf if you attend tonight’s game. The scarf is cooler.

What to Watch For: Timberwolves (5-29)

Andrew Wiggins is kind of figuring things out. Since December 23, admittedly an arbitrary start date, he’s averaging 21.5 points per game, along with 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He’s made 51.5% of his shots and 42.3% of his threes. He’s looking comfortable and has announcers and writers beginning to fawn over him a little bit. He’s combined with Shabazz Muhammad to make another long basketball winter a little less dark and gloomy in Minnesota.

A month ago we could have hoped for the big Wiggins/Jabari Parker showdown tonight, alas, we’ll have to wait until next season. Allow me to wipe away the single tear rolling down my wind chapped cheek.

The Wolves could be battling for the honor of recently released native Minnesotan Nate Wolters too. Just sayin’.

Logistics

Time – 7:30 p.m. CST TV – FS Wisconsin Radio – 620 WTMJ

Injury Report

Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova (concussion; out); Larry Sanders (personal issue; out); Jabari Parker (left ACL tear; out); Damien Inglis (post-surgery – right ankle; out)

Wolves: Kevin Martin (wrist surgery; questionable); Nikola Pekovic (sprained wrist/ankle; out); Ricky Rubio (sprained left ankle; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: Brandon KnightKhris MiddletonGiannis Antetokounmpo – Johnny O’Bryant – Zaza Pachulia

Wolves: Zach LaVineAndrew WigginsShabazz MuhammadThaddeus Young – Gorgui Deng

Choose the Form of the Destructor: Shabazz Muhammad

Wiggins has been really great lately, but Muhammad has been more terrifying lately. He’s so big and strong and physical. He attacks his typically slower or weaker opponent in the post the way you attack a sub sandwich at lunch time. There’s hunger in his eyes when he senses an opportunity to score and for him, every time he touches the ball in the post, he’s being presented with an opportunity to score. He could explode, as could Wiggins, but if Muhammad does so, it’ll be scarier and more “destructor-y”.

Prediction: Bucks 98 – Wolves 88

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