The Milwaukee Bucks(8-35) are having a horrible season, winning only 8 games so far, the poorest win-loss record in the NBA. The Bucks have lost 4 of 5 most recent games, not looking to have improved much as of late.
They’ve lost to Atlanta Hawks 2 days ago 112-87, after losing at Cleveland to the Cavaliers 78-93. Their only recent win came at home versus the troubled Detroit Pistons, while previously also losing away at San Antonio Spurs 82-110, and at Houston against the Rockets 104-114.
You might say the Bucks have had more away matches recently and that can be a reason to why they’re losing so much, but if we look at home form only, besides their win versus Detroit, they lost the other 4 most recent home games, scoring no more than 87 points and as low as 72.
For the hosts, point guard Brandon Knight seems to be the most in form player, averaging 16ppg this season, and managing 27 points for the Bucks in their loss against Atlanta, shooting 5/7 from beyond the arc. However, Knight doesn’t seem to manage 2 strong nights in a row, so I am expecting less from him tonight. He scored 8 points against Cleveland, 16 against Detroit and 21 against the Spurs.
The Los Angeles Clippers(31-15) are leading the Pacific Division and are on a decent run of form. The Clippers have won 10 of most recent 13 games, and are currently on a 7 game road trip that ends tonight at Milwaukee.
In their last 5 games, they beat the Raptors 126-118, the Bulls 112-95, lost at Charlotte 91-95, beat Detroit 112-103, and lost at Indiana 92-106 against the Pacers.
The Clippers have been winning consistently this January, their loss at the hands of the Bobcats being their only huge misstep of 2014 so far. They’ve also lost at San Antonio and Indiana this month, but those are obviously extremely strong teams that we’ll surely see in the playoffs.
The guests are coming after a strong win against the Raptors where they shot 12/22 from 3P and 54.8% from the field, with a 88% from the free throw line. Jamal Crawford came from the bench to score 37 points, while star power forward Blake Griffin, averaging 22.8ppg, finished the night with 30 points.
The Clippers have been consistently shooting over 50% from the field except for their loss at Indiana, but will tonight meet one of the poorest teams in the NBA at both defending and making shots.
- The Bucks have the highest Turnover ratio in the NBA, at 16.6(tied with Warriors and Bulls).
- The Clippers are 6th best at season field goal percentage(46.7%)
- The Clippers are 6th best at season opponent field goal percentage(44.4%)
- The Bucks have the weakest season field goal percentage(42.2%)
- The Bucks have scored Under 95.5 Points in 3 of their last 5 games
- The Bucks have scored Under 95.5 Points in 5 of their last 6 home games
- The Bucks are 5th weakest at 3point field goal percentage with 34.3%
A huge difference in both quality and current form between the two teams. The Clippers are strong both offensively and defensively, with both starting players and the bench in good scoring form, while the Bucks have the highest turnover ratio and lowest field goal percentage in the league. That is why I don’t see the Bucks scoring more than 95 points tonight, quite honestly, they’ll do well to reach 90, while I see the Clippers winning this at 10 points or more.