Nov 2, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Tobias Harris (15) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Home Opener of Hope


The Bucks tipoff the first of 41 (or more) home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center against the Cleveland Cavalier tonight. Last night, the Bucks dusted the Celtics by 11 points at home, as the Cavaliers dropped their home opener to the Chicago Bulls, 115-86.

Offensive Efficiency:
Cleveland: 98.1 (19th)
Milwaukee: 103.9 (11th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Cleveland: 108.5 (24th)
Milwaukee: 92.4 (4th)

Pace:
Cleveland: 91.7 (25th)
Milwaukee: : 95.3 (6th)

Projected Lineups:
Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Tobias Harris, Ersan Ilyasova, Samuel Dalembert

Key Matchup:  Brandon Jennings vs. Kyrie Irving

Last night, Brandon Jennings tied a career high with 13 assists and set a new career high in steals with six.  The six steals were taken from Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce (twice), plus stolen passes from Jason Terry and Courtney Lee (twice).  Jennings had a tough assignment guarding Rondo, but executed the game plan to perfection.  He helped away from Rondo and applied constant pressure when the ball swung away from Rondo, while staying in front of Rajon when Rondo had the ball.

Tonight, he has a much different matchup in Kyrie Irving.  He’ll have to be ready to get out and contest Irving, who is both the Cavs point guard and best outside weapon.

Last night, Irving scored 15 points on 15 shots to go with four assists, but he committed four turnovers in the first quarter.

The other key for the Bucks tonight is the play of the bench.  Larry Sanders and Co. could potentially feast on a reserve unit that last night used Tyler Zeller, Luke Walton, C.J. Miles, Daniel Gibson, Donald Sloan.  That group missed their first nine shots and allowed 11 straight Chicago points.

I know I won’t be disappointed if Luke Walton gets lots of floor time.

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