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Hawks-Bucks Preview: The Final Stand

Who’s playing?

The Atlanta Hawks (37-44) and the Milwaukee Bucks (15-66).

Where are they playing?

The BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When are they playing?

Wednesday, April 16. 7:00 PM CT.

What’s at stake?

With Atlanta solidified as the eight seed, there really isn’t anything at stake here. Milwaukee clinched the league’s worst record on Monday and will finish the season with the worst mark in franchise history. A win for the Bucks would avoid a three-game season sweep, however. That’s what it’s come to.

Did Atlanta win its last game?

The Hawks fell to Charlotte 95-93 on Monday night while resting starters Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver.

BOX SCORE

Did Milwaukee win its last game?

No. Despite shooting 52.1 percent from the field, Milwaukee fell to Toronto on Monday 110-100.

BOX SCORE

Who’s their best player?

Since losing Al Horford for the season after 29 games, Paul Millsap has assumed the go-to scorer role for the Hawks. Millsap is averaging 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. He’s also expanded his offensive range, attempting over 200 threes for the first time in his career. For perspective, his previous career-high (set last season) was 39.

Who’s hot for the Bucks?

The Jeff Adrien physicality experience kept on trucking Monday, as Adrien went for 19 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes. Over the last seven games, Adrien is averaging 15.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Dare I say the Bucks may have uncovered the next… Jason Maxiell?!

What’s the injury situation?

Milwaukee: Larry Sanders (face), Carlos Delfino (leg), Nate Wolters (hand) and Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) are out for the season. Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision) and O.J. Mayo (ankle) are doubtful.

Atlanta: Gustavo Ayon (shoulder), Al Horford (shoulder) and John Jenkins (back) are out for the season.

*UPDATE:

What happened in previous meetings?

Jan. 25

Hawks: 112 Bucks: 87

Mar. 13

Hawks: 102 Bucks: 97

Who’s going to win? 

I like Milwaukee in this one. I really do. Atlanta will rest its starters, allowing Larry Drew to gloriously ride off into the sunset with a victory against his former team. I’ll go 95-88, good guys.

Projected starters (UPDATED)

Hawks

C – Elton Brand

PF – Mike Scott

SF – DeMarre Carrol

SG – Kyle Korver

PG – Jeff Teague

Bucks

C – Zaza Pachulia

PF – Jeff Adrien

SF – Khris Middleton

SG – Ramon Sessions

PG – Brandon Knight

Team rankings

Hawks

Scoring: 15th (100.9)

Scoring defense: 15th (101.5)

Rebounding: 28th (40.1)

Assists: 2nd (24.8)

Bucks

Scoring: 28th (95.4)

Scoring defense: 25th (103.6)

Rebounding: 23rd (41.1)

Assists: 17th (21.4)

Leaders

Points: Knight (17.7), Millsap (17.9)

Assists: Knight (4.9), Teague (6.7)

Rebounds: Adrien (7.8), Millsap (8.5)

Blocks: Henson (1.7), Brand (1.2)

PER: Adrien (18.8), Millsap (19.8)

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