Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks (50-17) will be traveling to take on the New Orleans Pelicans (30-39) on Tuesday
night. The Bucks remain one of the best teams in the NBA as they currently sit at first place in the Eastern
Conference with a two game lead over the Toronto Raptors. On Sunday Milwaukee fell to the hands of the
San Antonio Spurs 121-114. The Bucks come into this road game at -10 over New Orleans.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs caught a break in the schedule, as the Bucks arrived in San
Antonio at 4 a.m. after hosting Charlotte on Saturday night. They also lost an hour of sleep due to
Daylight Saving Time as the Spurs rested at home after last playing Wednesday in Atlanta.
“It certainly doesn’t help, but all the credit goes to them,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They
deserved to win, they played better than us. We just weren’t good enough tonight.”
Freak Riding High for Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee’s two-game winning streak ended.
Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and Brook Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Perhaps Milwaukee can put that loss behind them given that they have already clinched a playoff spot
this year. The Bucks defeated the Pelicans, 123-115, back on December 19. Antetokounmpo had 25
points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Bucks got a big effort from their bench. D.J. Wilson, who
has seen little action this season due to lingering injuries, added nine points and 10 rebounds.
“I think it just shows the work I’ve been putting in and the opportunity I’ve been given,” Wilson said.
“It’s a huge statement. You need that throughout the season,” Budenholzer said. “You need your bench.
It’s a really important part.”
Pelicans Finishing the Season
Anthony Davis finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds in the first matchup against the Bucks. Jrue
Holiday also finished with a double-double, as he posted 25 points and 12 assists. It’s been a roller
coaster season for New Orleans who enters Tuesday’s matchup on a three-game losing streak. Their last
game ended in a 128-116 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Frank Jackson and Julius Randle each
scored 23 points for the Pelicans, while Elfrid Payton had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
New Orleans led by 12 points in the second period and 66-65 at halftime before trailing most of the
second half. Following the game, Randle kicked a trash can in the hallway outside the team’s locker room,
a sign of the frustrations for the Pelicans.
“We’re just going to keep playing – play unselfishly and we’ll take the results,” said New Orleans coach
Center Jahlil Okafor, who was listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain, had four points in about
eight minutes. … Gentry said guard Jrue Holiday (lower abdomen strain) and guard E’Twaun Moore (left
quadriceps contusion) will miss “another eight or nine days.”
Bucks Keep Rolling
ESPN’s matchup predictor is giving the Bucks a 62 percent chance to win on the road. We’re rolling with
Milwaukee on Tuesday night, as they look to improve upon their 23-12 road record. The Bucks blowout
the Pelicans on Tuesday.