Game On: Pelicans v. Bucks

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Published: March 17, 2015

With a win tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans can reclaim the eighth and final playoff spot as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pelicans hope to rebound from their 118-111 double overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.  The Pelicans recently beat the Bucks 114-103, behind Anthony Davis’ 43 points (on 17-23 shooting.) Despite Sunday’s loss, the Pelicans enter the game having won nine of their last twelve, while the Bucks enter having lost nine of their last twelve. The Bucks have been scoring a lowly 91.2 points during that span.

 

Here are our keys to the game:

  • Turnovers- The Pelicans had 19 turnovers turn to 27 points against the Denver Nuggets. The Bucks are a long team and like getting into the passing lanes. The Pelicans can’t give up any easy points to a Bucks team struggling to score. The last matchup between the two resulted in 17 fastbreak points for the Bucks.
  • Rebounding- The Bucks are not a good rebounding team. The Pelicans have to take advantage and keep them to one shot per possession and get some second chance points. The Bucks interior should not be able to keep Anthony Davis/Omer Asik/Alexis Ajinca off the boards.
  • Fear the Passing Deer- The Bucks are one of the best passing teams in the league, following suit of their coach. The Pelicans had some issues with the Nuggets ball-movement, and miscommunicating on some key switches late. Let’s see if the Pelicans can readjust and correct that in order to keep the Bucks in check.
  • Giannis- I don’t know what the Pels should do against him, but let’s hope he doesn’t go off.

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