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Charlotte Bobcats at Milwaukee Bucks game preview

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Gametime: 1:00 p.m. EST

The Bucks are bad. Real bad.

They've been bad all season but they've been less bad recently, even dropping some blowout victories on the Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz (not that those are particularly surprising).

Still, the level of competitiveness from the Bucks has to be encouraging for fans who must be getting restless after watching consistent blowouts from the wrong end for much of the season. Ramon Sessions has helped their scoring a bit and they're getting some quality play from Jeff Adrien.

Brandon Knight has been a bright spot of sorts, showcasing a knack for scoring. Nate Wolters and Khris Middleton have added some decent contributions considering the limitations of their roster. And Giannis Antetokounmpo is a young player with some wicked potential to watch.

After last night, the Bobcats are two games back of the 6 seed with the Nets' loss to Washington. Charlotte can't afford to lose ground on games they should win like today's.

I don't think the Bucks pose much a threat to Charlotte, to be honest. Al Jefferson has no defensive peer to be wary of on Milwaukee's active roster and Kemba Walker should be able to carve up their defense. Defensively from the Bobcats side, I don't foresee many problems. The Bucks aren't an offensive powerhouse, so shutting them down shouldn't be an issue.

Stranger things have happened. A blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut. But I just don't think this is a game the Bobcats drop.