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Preview: Bucks kick off tournament play in Vegas vs. Rockets

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The Bucks will begin the tournament portion of Summer League Wednesday when they tip off against the Houston Rockets at 3:00p.m CT. After going 0-3 in the pre-tournament games, the Bucks were placed as the 24th seed in the tournament, the lowest seed in Vegas. The Rockets are the 9 seed.

Each team is guaranteed at least two games regardless of the outcome of the game. Should Milwaukee lose this first game, their second game will be their final game. If they win that first game, they'll be granted at least two more games. Makes perfect sense and is not at all confusing, right? Here's a visual on how the tournament will break down.

The Rockets will likely not use Nick Johnson, Clint Capela, or former Badger Sam Dekker, but they do still have several intriguing players. Both Montrezl Harrell and Christian Wood appeared to have had some draft consideration from Milwaukee, and guys like Glen Rice and Alan Williams have a decent chance at snagging a roster spot and contributing going forward.

The Bucks arguably played their best game of Summer League in their last outing--but also blew a huge lead in the final minutes of regulation and overtime and came away empty. They'll have their hands full with a physical Rockets team that has a large advantage in the paint (sorry, Slava).