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Wizards at Bucks game preview: the Buck stops HERE


Washington (6-8) at Milwaukee (2-11)

November 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: CSN Plus
Radio: 1500 AM


Projected starting lineups:

Washington Wizards
C- Marcin Gortat, PF- Nene, SF- Trevor Ariza, SG- Martell Webster, PG- John Wall

Milwaukee Bucks
C- Zaza Pachulia, PF- Ersan Ilyasova, SF- Khris Middleton, SG- O.J. Mayo, PG- Brandon Knight


Wizards fans always lay out their pipe dreams of guys like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony coming to play in D.C. when they become free agents. Then the sharp one in the group says, “None of those guys want to play in this area.” Then the whole group becomes somber and someone says, “man, why wouldn’t want you want to be the king of the city. Why wouldn’t you want to be one of the biggest attractions the city has to offer.”

Then I started looking at Milwaukee’s roster in its current and past state. Not only can these guys not draft good players, but nobody wants to go there in free agency. Just something I thought I’d share. It could be worse. I don’t imagine anybody wanting to go to Milwaukee at any point in time. I think if Milwaukee offered Jan Vesely a max deal he would be like, “No, I’m good here. I want to stay. There no Darna Lounge in Milwaukee.” — Zain Zaidi

The only thing we know about Milwaukee…

Key matchups:

Dre: Martell Webster v. O.J. Mayo

O+J+Mayo+Milwaukee+Bucks+v+New+York+Knicks+vpfn1YYzhtNlWhen you look at the Bucks starting lineup, no one jumps out at you as a ‘player to watch’ per say. Ersan Ilyasova is having a very tough year although he usually kills the Wizards. But O.J. Mayo is a guy that throughout his career has shown he can put up big numbers on any given night. He leads this Bucks team in scoring this year but is currently in the middle of a terrible 4-game stretch in which he’s averaged just 6.3 ppg. The Bucks lost each of those games by eight or more points.

Martell-WebsterMeanwhile, Martell Webster joined the starting lineup four games ago and has been a big key in winning 3 of the last 4 games. He’s 9-for-18 from 3- point range the last two games, making it harder on the defense when John Wall attacks the basket. It’s important for Martell to consistently knock down the long range shot, especially with Beal sidelined to take pressure off of John Wall. The Bucks need Mayo to score if they want a chance in this game, so the focal point will be on this match-up.

Zain: John Wall v. victim(s)

wall401The Wizards have won four out of their last five and Wall has recorded three consecutive 30+ point games, which is a first for him. Historically, in exception to last season, John Wall has struggled against Milwaukee. Before last year’s games, Wall was averaging 12.6 ppg on a 31% clip in his first seven matchups against the Bucks. Last year, he played well in both victories and I expect that trend to continue. Wall is scoring in bunches this past month and he should feast again tonight. He is averaging 2.1 steals per game which is amongst the league’s elite, and Milwaukee is giving up 17.8 turnovers per contest in the last nine games. Opponents are scoring 20.3 ppg a game off of these turnovers, and who better than John Wall to take turnovers and translate them into fast-break points? Knight and Mayo committed nine turnovers just by themselves against Detroit earlier this week. John Wall is averaging 33 ppg on a 61% clip, along with roughly six assists and 2.6 steals per game in his last three contests.


Dre: The Wizards bench, or lack thereof. The bench has been problematic all year and after losing Bradley Beal, the thin bench will be highlighted even more. The second night of back-to-backs is when you’d like to rest your starters that went hard the night before, but the way the Wizards bench has played, the Wizards just can’t afford to give their starters extended breaks. You could probably blame the Wizards bench for the reason Beal is injured now, because he was forced to play an insane amount of minutes per game.

Zain: See John Wall v. victim(s); Key matchup.

P.S., some stout Wall defense will also greatly increase the Wizards chance of winning tonight. The Bucks lack talent in the frontcourt and Milwaukee is 0-10 this year when scoring less than 100 points.

The X-factors:

Dre: The Bucks bench. The Bucks 2nd unit could give the Wizards problems. Caron Butler, John Henson and Gary Neal pack a nice punch off the bench. Each player averages over 10 ppg, and the Bucks even have two backup point guards that the Wizards might kill to have in Nate Wolters and Luke Ridnour. It may be important for the Wizards to build a good lead while the starters are in, because the Bucks reinforcements could make life tough while Wall and company are grabbing a breather.

Zain: Points off turnovers. As we said before, the Bucks commit many turnovers per game and also let that turn into points for the other team. In contrast, they also score points off turnovers. The Wizards have also been effective scoring off turnovers. They scored 28 points off of the Lakers turnovers in last night’s contest, which likely propelled them to the win.

What happened last time they played?

The Bucks were a completely different team the last time these two teams met back in March of last season. John Wall led the Wizards to a 13 point win at Verizon Center behind 23 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Wall had no backup point guard in this game and had to play 43 minutes. Garrett Temple chipped in a big way shooting 6-for-7 with 13 points. The Wiz could use that type of performance from him off the bench tonight. Martell Webster knocked down four 3’s, while Ariza contributed 14 off the bench. This game also had a moment when John Wall and Randy Wittman got in to a heated argument on the bench. Ersan Ilyasova had 21 and 12 for the Bucks. Wizards won 103-96.

Who’s hurt?

For the Bucks, center Larry Sanders remains out with a thumb injury. Nate Wolters is battling an illness but is likely to play tonight. Ekpe Udoh has soreness in his knee and is a game-time decision. For the Wizards.. Beal, Otto Porter and Al Harrington are all out.


Dre: The Bucks are 2-11 this season but the Wizards can’t come out lethargic in Milwaukee. The Wizards, coming off a tough win against the Lakers last night, need to show that they are a mentally strong team that has matured past “let down” games. I think Wall has a tough shooting night, but racks up the assists, while Nene/Gortat have big games. Wizards win 94-82.

Milwaukee holds the worst record in the Eastern Conference and has lost nine straight. The Wizards cannot afford to lose games like this especially after losing Bradley Beal. This game is a lay-up for the Wiz Kids and we know in years past those usually clank off the rim. Sometimes a team goes through a rough patch and loses some games, but this Milwaukee team just lacks talent. The Wizards on paper look like an all-star team compared to the Bucks, even without Bradley Beal. Gortat and Nene should feast against outmatched competition, and John Wall should do what the rest of the league has done to O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight, which is embarrass them. Wizards start off slow in this one but go on a run early in the 3rd quarter to push their lead to double digits. Wizards 109, Bucks 94.

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