After getting blown out by the Timberwolves on Saturday night, the Bucks travel to the Staples Center to take on the Lakers Tuesday night. You can find Bucks vs. Lakers tickets available if you are in the LA area.
The Saturday contest really got out of hand during the third quarter, when Minnesota outscored Milwaukee 39-21, even opening up a 31 point lead at one point. Khris Middleton played well, scoring 23 points and nine rebounds, and OJ Mayo had a solid game off the bench, scoring 19 points off 8-12 shooting from the field. In the end, though, the Bucks just didn’t have enough scoring presence on the court to match up with Kevin Love and the Timberwolves.
The Bucks have yet to face the Lakers this season, who have been on a five game skid after an admirable 13-13 start and are without star shooting guard Kobe Bryant for the foreseeable future. They have been able to maximize their offensive potential using retreads such as Xavier Henry, Jordan Hill, and Wes Johnson. Then, of course, there is Nick Young, who is providing good scoring as a sixth man off the bench. It might be safe to say that right now he is the Lakers best player not named Pau Gasol, which is a scary thought.
The Bucks will be without John Henson for the contest, who is out for two weeks with an ankle injury.
What to watch for:
– Ersan Ilyasova: Ilyasova has been on a tear in the month of December, averaging 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds on 28.2 percent shooting in 29 minutes. Wait, that’s absolutely terrible, never mind. He will be the beneficiary of some of Henson’s minutes, which is probably a bad thing for the Bucks at this point given his recent play.
– Pau Gasol: Good big men have eaten the Bucks alive this season, and while Pau is getting older he still has a decent outside shot and a bevy of post moves he can break out. Look for Gasol to have a big game against tonight.
– Giannis Watch: At this point in the season, the most entertaining part of watching a Bucks game has to be watching Giannis grow into his own. Drew is finally playing him starters minutes (averaging 32.5 per game over the last nine games) and while the wins haven’t been coming, there is certainly growth in his game. It will be extremely interesting to see where his game is by the end of the season if this keeps up.
PG – Jordan Farmar
SG – Jodie Meeks
SF – Wesley Johnson
PF – Jordan Hill
C – Pau Gasol
PG – Brandon Knight
SG – Giannis Antetokounmpo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Ersan Ilyasova
C – Larry Sanders