Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans are set to face off for the second time this year on Tuesday night in Louisiana. The Bucks took the first game back in mid-December 127-112. Since that game, Milwaukee has continued to roll to an NBA leading 42-7 record. They weren’t able to stretch their win streak to double-digits last Friday due to a loss to the Nuggets but rebounded two days later with a dominant victory over the Suns. The Pelicans record wouldn’t show it, but they have looked rejuvenated as of late. This new energy is in large part due to the debut of Zion Williamson. He has brought a much-needed presence to this Pelicans roster. They have gone 3-3 since Zion’s debut with two of those losses coming to top 5 teams in the West.
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Arena: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Channel: Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports New Orleans
Bucks: George Hill (Out), Frank Mason (Out)
Pelicans: Darius Miller (Out), Kenrich Williams (Out)
Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
Milwaukee was able to continue their streak of no back-to-back losses on Sunday with their dominant performance against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns aren’t exactly the toughest test, but the Bucks were able to show why they hold the NBA’s best record.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton carried the load for Milwaukee along with their supporting cast chipping in as we have seen many times this year. Both All-Stars filled up the stat sheet against Phoenix. Giannis was one assist away from his 5th triple-double year. The Greek Freak put up 30 points and tied his season-high of 19 rebounds to go along with his 9 assists. This was another dominant MVP performance for Giannis even in a game where he turned the ball over 7 times. Middleton’s 25 point, 8 rebound, and 6 assist performance was overshadowed by Giannis’ game. Milwaukee also got some supplemental scoring from Brook Lopez (17) and Donte DiVincenzo (15). Milwaukee was really never in trouble going up 67-52 at the half and scoring 30+ points in each quarter.
The Bucks are the best rebounding team in the NBA but may be challenged on the glass against New Orleans. The Pelicans are a top 5 in offensive rebounds per game and are coming an extremely one-sided rebound battle in their last game. Although, the Bucks may be matched on the boards they should be able to take advantage of a leaky Pelicans defense. New Orleans up the 3rd most points in the league and should have a very tough time slowing down the fast-paced, uber-efficient Bucks offense.