After a thrilling OT victory vs the Nets last night, the Sixers are in Milwaukee tonight to battle the Bucks. This might be the battle of the tanks here, as (per tankathon.com) the Bucks are currently 1st in the 2014 NBA draft order with a 5-21 record, whereas the Sixers are 4th with an 8-19 record.
The Sixers will attempt to end an 11-game road skid tonight in Milwaukee. To bring this into perspective, the Sixers haven’t won a road game since November 1st against Washington. The Bucks are coming into this game shorthanded, missing Larry Sanders, Gary Neal, Ersan Ilyasova, Carlos Delfino and Zaza Pachulia. With that being said, the Bucks will still have O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight who have been performing well as of late.
Caron Butler looks to play Saturday after missing 12 consecutive games because of a sore right knee. This may or may not be a good thing. The last time that the Sixers played the Bucks, Butler scored a season-high 38 points on 13-22 shooting. He may bring out his best “Cartier Martin Sixers Killer” performance if he takes the floor tonight.
Michael Carter-Williams will make his second straight start after missing a couple weeks with right knee issues. MCW had 15 points and 10 assists last night, showing that he is still effective after being absent for a while.
So, who wins?
For some reason, the Bucks are bad..like Michael Jackson bad. It’s weird, because their roster is full of NBA talent (unlike the Sixers, right Brett?). There’s O.J. Mayo, Brandon Knight, Caron Butler, plus all the guys injured right now. I’m not sure how Andrew Wiggins feels about Milwaukee, but he might be headed there with the way things are going in Milwaukee.
The Sixers should pull this game out. I mean, if they lose, whatever! But I see them winning this game. Right now, I wouldn’t mind them winning a couple games to pick up team morale a bit. Don’t go overboard though guys! Together we build, remember?
My “star” of the night will be Spencer Hawes, as he looks to rebound from a terrible performance last night vs the Nets.
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