Milwaukee hopes to get off to a quicker start than theirlast game, a 91-88 victory over Boston. The Bucks once trailed the Celtics 17-0in that game, but managed to overtake Boston with the help of the bench.
Tip-off for the Bucks vs. Hornets is scheduled for Monday,8:00 pm ET at the New Orleans Arena and can be seen on NBA TV.
According to te NBA odds makers at 5Dimes Sportsbook, Milwaukee is a 4.5 pointbetting favorite and the total for the game is 188.
At 8-7, Milwaukee Leads the Eastern Conference CentralDivision. Can they make it back to back wins and begin to establish themselvesas an up and coming force in the Eastern Conference?
In your face!!!
Center Larry Sanders has become the center of attention ashe’s led the Bucks as a team despite coming off the bench. In his last 2 games,Sanders has accounted for 28 points, 28 rebounds, and 15 blocks. Yes, that’s notypo, 15 blocks. Aside from becoming a “must have” in fantasy leaguesacross the world, Sanders is that missing piece to compliment the 1-2 punch ofMonta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Milwaukee hopes that Sanders can keep thispace up as this will create problems for opposing offenses and could start thebeginning of the “Midwest Big 3”.
Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings
These players are considered “2nd tier” youngstars that can both produce in all facets of the game. Ellis was known forbeing more of a scorer with Golden State, but as a Buck, he’s been very active,showing the ability to score, rebound, pass the ball, and occasionally picksome pockets. On the season, Ellis is averaging 18.7 points, 5 assists, 3.1rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.
Jennings isn’t the shooter that Ellis is at 41.3%, but hisgame is quite similar to that of Monta Ellis. He’s a little bit younger andsometimes can come up with an extroardinary performance and other times issimply average. Consistency is the one thing lacking in Brandon Jennings’ game,but he’s still a special player.
Expect either Ellis or Jennings to take the lead roleagainst New Orleans and Larry Sanders will be the “X Factor” of thisgame. Can Sanders keep up this exceptionally high level of play is thequestion?
The New Orleans Hornets are a very young team with a lot oftalent. It’s expected that it will take time before they’re any type ofcontender in the league. They’re missing the rookie Anthony Davis due to injuryand that’s a temporary setback. For now, 3 point specialist Ryan Anderson leadsthis team as they host the Bucks.
Orlando’s loss is NewOrleans’ gain
Anderson is doing pretty much what he did with Orlando as heleads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game. He’s also a good rebounderat 6 foot 10. He’s averaging 8 boards per game to go along with his 42.7% shootingfrom 3 point range. Anderson is coming off of a 21 point, 10 reboundperformance in a 100-79 loss to Oklahoma City. Things are much easier for RyanAnderson as he plays with a more talented team and doesn’t have to deal withDwight Howard. Look for Anderson to lead his team against a tough Bucks squad.
Solid supporting cast
Center Robin Lopez might never be as good as his brotherBrook, but he’s found a home in New Orleans, averaging 11.2 points, 5 rebounds,and 2 blocks per game. He’ll need to be at his best against Larry Sanders.
Point guard Greivis Vasquez not only provides offense, buthe makes the team better. This is a very underrated basketball player thatdishes out 8.7 assists per game. Milwaukee must play tough defense on Vasquezor New Orleanscan easily pull off the upset.
Normally I might lean towards the home dog, but Milwaukee iscoming off of an exceptional performance and while the Hornets have the tools,they have yet to put it together. Take the Bucks to cover on the road.
NBA Pick – Milwaukee -4.5 with 5 Dimes