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Preview: Bucks Head to Philly

The Milwaukee Bucks head to the City of Brotherly Love for a match up against the 76ers on Friday.

Coming off a loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Bucks have now lost six straight and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Though Milwaukee is reeling, so are the 76ers, who have dropped four straight after a fast start to the season. Most recently they fell to the Toronto Raptors giving up 108 points in the process.They are in second in the Atlantic Division but their record is just 5-8.

 Entering the season there were talks that this Sixers team would be one of the worst teams ever assembled in the NBA due to the overall lack of talent and inexperience. Many of their players are first and second year players conveniently assembled a year before a strong draft class. It is true they’re one of the league’s less-talented teams, so this could be a prime opportunity for the Bucks to end their losing streak before returning to Milwaukee for a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Here are three things to watch for in tonight’s matchup:

 Zaza Vs. Spencer Hawes

This is not a glamorous inside match up as both of these centers are incredibly average. However, Spencer is coming off of a 28 and 10 performance and the Bucks have been extremely vulnerable inside. If Spencer produces anything close to those numbers it will be tough for the Bucks to win this game.

 Bucks Scoring

Injuries and lack of chemistry have left much to be desired offensively from the Bucks lineup. The 76ers give up nearly 110 points per game so if there was ever a time to find a rhythm scoring the basketball it will be against Philadelphia.  The Bucks could be helped out by the return of Brandon Knight from injury though this is not certain.

If the Bucks do score it will be from outside shooting because they have no inside offensive presence. This will be the case until some changes to the roster are made.

 Stopping Evan Turner

The aforementioned lack of talent on Philadelphia’s roster is still accurate even though the team has already won five games. Evan Turner is the 76ers’ best player and, although he has done well so far this season, he is far from an ideal first-option offensively. Turner was a great college player at Ohio State, but he is not in Columbus anymore. With that said the Bucks will need to contain him in order if they hope to win this game.

 Projected Lineups:

Milwaukee

PG – Luke Ridnour

SG – O.J. Mayo

SF – Caron Butler

PF – Ekpe Udoh

C – Zaza Pachulia

 Key Statistics:

Scoring: 89.4ppg (28th)

Rebounding: 40.0rpg (28th)

Field Goals: 41.6% (27th)

Points Allowed: 97.9ppg (9th)

 

Philadelphia

PG – Michael Carter-Williams

SG – James Anderson

SF – Evan Turner

PF – Thaddeus Young (questionable)

C – Spencer Hawes

 

Key Statistics

Scoring: 103.2ppg (8th)

Rebounding: 45.2ppg (7th)

Field Goals: 45.0% (13th)

Points Allowed: 109.8 (30th)

Tags: Brandon Knight Milwaukee Bucks Zaza Pachulia

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