Bucks vs. Magic: Can Milwaukee Avoid The Orlando Sweep?

2011/2012 NBA Season




23-14 (12-7 home) 14-22 (6-15 away)
March 3, 2012
Amway Center
6:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FS Wisconsin, NBA TV
Probable starters:
Jameer Nelson PG Brandon Jennings
Jason Richardson SG Carlos Delfino
Hedo Turkoglu SF Tobias Harris
Ryan Anderson PF Ersan Ilyasova
Dwight Howard C Drew Gooden

(13th) 104.0 - OFFENSE - 102.9 (17th)
(12th) 101.5 - DEFENSE - 105.4 (22nd)
(28th) 89.3 - PACE - 92.3 (8th)

On the Magic: Orlando Pinsriped Post / Magic Basketball / Orlando Sentinel

After three agonizing losses to the Magic in February, the Bucks hope to steal a win in Orlando in March in the final matchup between the teams.

Update: Tobias Harris will make his first career NBA start tonight. Shaun Livingston will not start, shifting Carlos Delfino to the 2-guard spot, while Harris will fill in at small forward. Mike Dunleavy is also back with the team after the birth of his son.

NBA TV. The Bucks are on national television tonight.

Orlandon't. Orlando is coming off a 105-102 home loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Magic led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who combined for 67 points in the game, helped lead the comeback. Speaking of teams who have a habit of blowing double-digit fourth quarter leads, the Bucks blew a double-digit lead in Atlanta last night and gave up 34 points in the fourth quarter to lose 99-94.

Tragic. The Bucks lost to the Magic three times in the span of 10 days in mid-to-late February, and they were all brutal in their own way. In the first matchup, Milwaukee led 88-78 with 5:44 in regulation before Jason Richardson keyed a 16-0 run to give Orlando the win. Continuing in that theme just a few days later, the Bucks again led by 10 points in the fourth quarter but a 17-0 run by Orlando doomed Milwaukee again. The third time, the Bucks again lost a fourth quarter lead and wasted a strong performance by Larry Sanders that fittingly ended with Sanders missing a two when the Bucks needed a three.

For Three. As we know all too well after watching them a few times already this year, the Magic attempt an NBA-high 26.4 three-pointers per game, while the Bucks attempt 20.2 per game, the ninth-most in the NBA. The Magic are also the third most accurate team in the NBA from distance, making 38.6 %. The Bucks rank 19th at 32.8 %.

Blocking Out. Dwight Howard ranks sixth in the NBA averaging 2.24 blocks, but the Magic as a team rank 27th in the NBA averaging 4.2 blocks.

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