It was a bad night for the Milwaukee Bucks last night. The Bucks got boatraced/dismantled/outclassed by the Toronto Raptors last night losing 129-110. Milwaukee doesn’t have much time to dwell on that game; as they have to get back up, brush the dirt off and play the Washington Wizards. This is the second time these two teams will match up, with the Wizards beating the Bucks in Milwaukee in November 99-88.
As mentioned earlier, Milwaukee lost to Toronto and the third quarter was the beginning of the snowball that just got worse and worse for the Bucks. Milwaukee is currently in the middle of a tough stretch of games that began last Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Milwaukee did well winning the first two games of that stretch which also included a road win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bucks also cruised to a victory against the Indiana Pacers that was sandwiched in between the two losses against Toronto. Milwaukee’s defense and rotation are still under scrutiny with a damning stat to supply it.
Aside from Cleveland, the four other teams the Bucks have a better DRtg than are in line for the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th picks in the draft.— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) January 6, 2018
Bucks Player to watch: Tony Snell
Snell has overall had a good season for Milwaukee, easing the doubt some had after signing a new contract. However it seems the last few games, Snell hasn’t been able to hit another gear. Since the good shooting night against OKC last Friday. Snell has combined to score 15 points in the last three games. Considering he is also going to have his hands full trying to guard Bradley Beal, Snell will need to shake out of his slump.
Washington has had a good stretch of games winning their last four including last night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Having All-Star PG John Wall back from injury has been important for the Wizards who have won nine of their last twelve. Washington are part of the battle for homecourt with the Wizards currently in the driver’s seat for that last spot, at 4th place in the East ahead of Miami.
Wizards Player to watch: Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal always is a player that seems to hurt the Bucks. The guard just scored 34 points last night which included five 3-pointers. He has the ability to hit any shot at any given moment so if his shot starts to fall, it is going to cause Milwaukee’s poor defense to look even worse.