The Bucks have lost nine straight games. The Wizards have won four out of five. Can you see where this is going?
Milwaukee (2-11, 1-5 home) will have their hands full Wednesday night when John Wall and the Wizards of Washington (6-8, 2-6 away) come to town for an Eastern Conference matchup at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The game tips off at 7:00 PM CST and will be televised locally on FS Wisconsin and broadcasted on AM 620 WTMJ.
Bucks: Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia
Wizards: John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Nene, Marcin Gortat
Al Harrington, Brad Beal, Chris Singleton and Otto Porter are all out for Washington. Trevor Ariza is a game time decision (but probable) with a strained hamstring. Read more on the Wizards’ lingering injury problems.
Brandon Knight is doubtful for Milwaukee, still battling that sore right hamstring. Ekpe Udoh and Nate Wolters are also questionable after both left yesterday’s practice.
STOP THAT MAN!
John Wall has been on an absolute tear lately, scoring 30+ in his last three games and in an extremely efficient matter. Fresh off a 5-year/$80mil max-extension, “Johnny Basketball” (yes, that’s a thing) looks to be worth every dime of that extension. Wall is putting up great numbers this year (19.5 ppg, 9.0 apg, 4.6 rpg) even after a slow start to the season.
Will Knight, Wolters, or Luke Ridnour be able to contain Wall? Probably not. But Milwaukee will certainly have to keep him in check if they want to have a shot in this one.
Key to the Game
In their nine-game losing streak, the Bucks have averaged a horrendous 17.9 turnovers a game. The Wizards are fifth best team in the NBA when it comes to taking the ball away, averaging 9.1 steals per contest.
Considering that Washington is a proficient transitional team, turnovers will be the key to this game. The Bucks simply cannot continue the reckless turnover habits that most often lead to easy buckets for the other team.
The Wizards, like just about every team Milwaukee has faced this year, are better than the Bucks. The fact that the Bradley Center will probably have about only 12,000 people there won’t really be much of an advantage to Milwaukee. The losing streak makes its way to ten. Be merciful, John Wall.
Wizards 101, Bucks 85