Los Angeles Clippers (12-9) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (9-13)
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Broadcasts: TV – FS Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620
On the night of the debut of the NBA’s first alternate court the Bucks take on the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Former Buck Luc Mbah a Moute will get the start at small forward for the Clippers.
Probable Clippers Starters
G Chris Paul, 6-0, Wake Forest
G J.J. Redick, 6-4, Duke
F Luc Mbah a Moute, 6-8, UCLA
F Blake Griffin, 6-10, Oklahoma
C DeAndre Jordan, 6-11, Texas A&M
What We Need To Know About The Clippers
The Clippers are very hot right now winning five of their last six mostly on their Midwest road trip but they are also banged up. No one on the team is on the injury report but Chris Paul was previously injured with inflamed rib cartilage and J.J. Reddick had a sprained right ankle, both returned in the Clippers last game against the Timberwolves. The ribs effected Paul as he was only able to score 14 points and 5 assists while committing 5 turnovers and Redicks was only able to shoot 1 for 9 from the field. Even though their guards are banged up the Clippers’ constant has been their bigs of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan who have a combined 35 points and 22 rebounds a game this season while menacing opposing teams in the paint. Lastly the Clippers have one of the most impressive benches in the NBA with former starters and young talent consisting notably of Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Paul Pierce, Pablo Prigioni, Austin Rivers, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson. Any one of these players can go off on a huge scoring/shooting night to help lift the Clippers to a victory. Even with a roster of stars, a season of injuries, a conference schedule of difficulty and a lack of chemistry has given the Clippers a 12-9 record which for Western Conference standards is mediocre. They will look to continue their so far successful road trip in Milwaukee.
Probable Bucks Starters
G O.J. Mayo, 6-5, Southern California
G Khris Middleton, 6-8, Texas A&M
F Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6-11, Greece
F Jabari Parker, 6-8, Duke
C Greg Monroe, 6-11, Georgetown
Bucks Keys To Victory
Because of the guard situation for the Clippers, the Bucks’ guards must outplay and shoot Los Angeles’, which is a tall task since its Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and OJ Mayo is still starting as it looks like. Greivis Vasquez and Jared Bayless will also not play which even puts the Bucks in a deeper hole shooting wise in the guard position. The Bucks did a great job limiting their fouls against Portland Monday and they’ll have to do the same against LA to keep their stars in like Giannis and Monroe. If they do choose to foul it will have to be the Clippers center DeAndre Jordan who everyone knows is following a historic route of being the worst free throw shooter in NBA history. He is shooting only 38% from the line this year. Also the Bucks must be weary of the Clippers’ bench, as a lot of those players have been struggling this year so far but as mentioned before, any one of them has the capability to have a big game. Lastly the Bucks have played very well at home especially against Western Conference foes. They have even more to ride on since the Bradley Center is sporting a new alternate court, the first in the NBA of its kind along with new alternate jerseys. Riding the wave of being and playing well at home along with a new rare look can only help them, especially mentally.
It’s a marquee matchup at home against a very good Western Conference opponent. How the Bucks play and how/if they win will say a lot for their play continuing on the season.