The Milwaukee Bucks return home to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a match up against the Boston Celtics (7-11). The Bucks are coming off a 92-76 loss in Charlotte at the hands of the Bobcats. This loss stretched Milwaukee’s losing streak to 11 games and dropped their record to 2-13, the second worst mark in the league. Boston on the other hand has won three of their past four games including a win last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers (103-96). Though the Celtics have played well their past few games here are a few things that could help the Bucks end their awful streak:
Offensively Challenged Teams
Don’t expect the scoreboard to be lit up during this game as the Celtics score just 93.4 points per game. Though the Bucks score just 89.0 points per game they could pull out the win if they limit Boston’s opportunities at easy baskets. The Bucks have proven that scoring will be a challenge all year so if they can slow down the Celtics just enough they might be able to grind out a win.
Get OJ on Track
OJ is one of the few players on the Bucks who can score consistently. He leads the team in scoring though he is only putting up 14.6 points per game. He has especially struggled in the past six games shooting only 30.8% from the floor. It is vitally important for Larry Drew to find a way to get OJ shooting better because it seems like there are few other options on the offensive end. If OJ shoots well the Bucks will be in a much better position to win.
Slowing Jeff Green
Jeff Green scored 31 points against the Cavs and is the leading scorer for the Celtics. His size combined with outside touch will create match-up problems for the Bucks. This could be an opportunity for Giannis to show off his defensive prowess. Otherwise there are few other players that physically match-up well with Green.
Milwaukee: Ersan Ilyasova (Questionable), Caron Butler (Questionable)
Boston: Kelly Olynyk (Out), Courtney Lee (Questionable)