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Milwaukee Bucks vs. New Orleans Pelicans Preview: Bucks Look for Payback

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Milwaukee looks to make amends for a January loss

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping to keep the winning going and get some payback against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bucks lost the last time in New Orleans by a score of 126-131 where we saw the Pelicans make 21 threes and blitzed Milwaukee in the first half.

Where We’re At

This week has been kind to the Bucks, who are currently on a three-game winning streak after victories against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves, but sadly Khris Middleton missed out on an All-Star spot. Much has been discussed about the Bucks lack of quality wins, but you can only play the teams on the schedule. With the release of the second half schedule, there will be plenty of tough teams so the Bucks needs to pick up the easy wins whenever they can. The Bucks will likely be without Jrue Holiday again, who has done individual workouts but is still listed as doubtful. Jaylen Adams and Jordan Nwora are out while Bobby Portis is probable.

The Pelicans are feeling better about themselves after a comeback OT victory, 120-115, over the Celtics and a 128-118 win against the Pistons. Zion Willamson was named to an All-Star team as a reward for his 25.3 points per game with 6.8 rebounds. The Pelicans do not appear to have any injury concerns.

Player to Watch: Lonzo Ball

Last time Milwaukee saw Ball, he was a deadeye sharpshooter who went 7/13 from three en route to a 27 point, eight assist performance. So far for the month of February, Lonzo has been a consistent performer for the Pelicans averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 assist and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 47% from three, His passing will be dangerous against this Bucks team and with no Jrue, they will have to keep track of him at all times.



Poll

Game 33: Against the Pelicans, Milwaukee will

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Win big (10 or more points)
    (40 votes)
  • 33%
    Win close (9 or fewer points)
    (30 votes)
  • 18%
    Lose close (9 or fewer points)
    (17 votes)
  • 3%
    Lose Big (10 or more points)
    (3 votes)
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