Notes For Tonight’s Hornets-Bucks Matchup

Dec 3, 2012

Some things to look for tonight in the matchup between the New Orleans Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks. The game tips off tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.

Guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are the main scorers for Milwaukee. The Bucks average 20% of their points off of turnovers, score 44% of their points in the paint, and are only blocked 3.9 times per game, one of the best in the league.

Look for Robin Lopez, Jason Smith and other bigs to be active below the rim, defending most of the Bucks’ offense. The Hornets currently average 5.3 blocks per game.

The Hornets defense will be put to a stress test. They have shown weakness against the give-and-go, and isolation drives by perimeter guards draw too many bigs, leaving open back-door scoring. The Bucks score 60% of their points assisted.

The Bucks are great when blocking their opponents. Recently center Larry Sanders recorded his first career triple-double, with 10 blocks. He tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record, set in 1973.  If the Hornets’ inconsistent jump shots continue, they will look towards the inside and face the Bucks’ blockers.

Milwaukee is first in the league in field goal attempts, and second in field goals made. The Bucks offense plays without contact, and are ranked low in the league for free-throw attempts and makes because of their absence at the line.