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Bucks head to Portland


Move along, nothing to see here (at least I hope it’s only that bad…as opposed to OH MY WORD LOOK AT THE BUCKS IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH THEY’RE LOSING BY!)

Tonight’s contest will set the league’s second best offense against the second worst offense. At least it’s not the best against the worst! I mean, that would really be bad. But alas…

Portland (43-24) scores 107.4 points per game, the Bucks (13-54) only 94.5, suggesting what we all already know: this one shouldn’t be close. The Bucks do, however, have a .4 point advantage in points allowed per game. Without Ersan Ilyasova, they may be able to key in defensively to slow Portland’s offense enough to make it a game.

Ersan missed the Bucks last game against the Bobcats, but could be back in the lineup tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge’s back injury spares Ersan (and us) from what could have been. Injuries are never good, but a silver lining for the Bucks would be an increase in minute for John Henson. Henson has played well of late, and his averages over the past few games have begun to pick up as his minutes have increased.

Portland comes off a one point loss to the Warriors, who trail Portland by only 1.5 games for the 5th seed in the West. Portland also has sights set on Houston, who has home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a 2.0 game lead over Portland.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the standings, the Bucks are watching the Sixers, who are  two games better and trending downward fast. The Sixers have played the Pacers closely two of their last three games, yet haven’t managed a win in their past 21 contests.

 

Projected Starters:

Trail Blazers

PG – Damian Lillard

SG – Wes Mathews

SF –  Nicolas Batum

PF – Dorell Wright

C – Robin Lopez

Bucks

PG – Brandon Knight

SG – Nate Wolters

SF – Khris Middleton

PF – John Henson

C – Zaza Pachulia