Game 3 Preview: Washington Wizards (0-2) @ Milwaukee Bucks (1-1) 7:30 PM CT

Offensive Efficiency:
Washington: 90.8 (29th)
Milwaukee: 100.6 (21st)

Defensive Efficiency:
Washington: 103.9 (17th)
Milwaukee: 99.5 (7th)

Pace:
Washington:  96.0 (6th)
Milwaukee:  92.0 (13th)

Projected Lineups:

Washington: John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Rashard Lewis, Andray, Blatche, JaVale McGee

Milwaukee: Jennings, Jackson, Dunleavy, Ilyasova, Bogut

Before embarking on a vicious, five-game Western Conference trip, the Bucks will host the Wizards at home to close out 2011.  Washington, winless in two attempts, has struggled to score.  In their two losses, the Wizards have put up 84 and 83 points, while shooting 40% from the field.  Point guard John Wall, the first player selected in the 2011 draft, faces the challenge of directing a cohesive offensive unit.

For the Bucks, tonight’s game could bring the return of Carlos Delfino, who has missed both regular-season games with a right wrist injury.  The top pick of the Wizards, Jan Vesely, has yet to appear in a game for Washington, and he may miss tonight’s contest with a sore right hip.

From a scheduling standpoint, tonight’s game is crucial for the Bucks because it gives them a chance to jump above .500 for the first time this season while facing one of the non-contenders in the Eastern Conference.  After tonight’s game, Milwaukee travels West to play Denver, Utah, Sacramento, the LA Clippers, and Phoenix — a stretch of five games in seven nights.

The game against Phoenix figures to pair up the Bucks against their old teammate Michael Redd, who signed a one-year deal with the Suns yesterday for about $1.3 million.

Tags: Carlos Delfino John Wall Milwaukee Bucks Washington Wizards

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