What to Watch For: Bucks (28-23)
This is another winnable game that a seriously good team would probably win by double digits. The Bucks seem to still be figuring out just who they are, as they try and figure out who is available. It sounds like Zaza Pachulia will be available, so Milwaukee is inching closer to a full roster, which could be very interesting. With Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both back, the Bucks can finally go three or four deep, depending on how you look at Jared Dudley, who has largely played power forward this season.
Defensively, the Bucks should be able to suffocate a fairly punchless Brooklyn team, but the question will be about what the Bucks can generate on offense. They’ve been up and down on that end and haven’t been able to get the shots they wanted with great consistency, even against the likes of the Lakers and Celtics lately.
What to Watch For: Nets (21-29)
After suffering through seven straight losses in early January, Brooklyn’s appeared a bit lively of late, having won three of its past four games. Brook Lopez blocked six shots the other night and averaged 21 points and eight rebounds over his past five games. Lopez and Mason Plumlee – a non Giannis dunk contest participant – are a moderately interesting front court tandem. While Lopez missed time earlier this season, Plumlee got a bit of a chance to shine and displayed athleticism, the ability to rebound the ball and finishing skills. He’s posted 10 double-doubles this season.
The back court isn’t as hopeful. Deron Williams occasional inspires still, but he’s far from the guy who once battled with Chris Paul for the title of the league’s top point guard. Joe Johnson is old
The Nets play slow. They don’t move the ball very well. They don’t shoot the three very well. They aren’t a great rebounding team. They’re a bit below average defensively. They are expensive and disinteresting. The Nets are this HDMI Cable. It costs a thousand dollars and it does HDMI cable things. It tells you that there’s reasons it’s so expensive, but let’s get real: It plugs into your TV and allows you to watch that new Louis CK special on a bigger screen.
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Bucks: Kenyon Martin (left ankle soreness, questionable); Larry Sanders (NBA suspension, out); Kendall Marshall (right knee ACL tear, out); Damien Inglis (right ankle surgery, out); Jabari Parker (left knee surgery, out)
Nets: Mirza Teletovic (blood clot, out)
Bucks: Brandon Knight – Khris Middleton – Giannis Antetokounmpo – Jared Dudley – John Henson
Nets: Jarrett Jack – Joe Johnson – Alan Anderson – Miles Plumlee – Brook Lopez
Choose the form of the Destructor: Mason Plumlee
He’s been quieter in February, now that Lopez is taking a bit more of his time, but he’s still a good offensive rebounder and one type of player we know the Bucks struggle with is the kind of guy who grabs a lot of rebounds.