When: April 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: WFNZ 610 AM
We’ve reached the end, my friends. There are just two road games left in the 82-game season that had some ups and ultimately too many downs. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any reason to watch.
First, there’s the pride aspect of this matchup. The Charlotte Hornets are tied 1-1 in the season series with the Milwaukee Bucks and it’s time for the rubber match. It would be awfully nice to focus on the smaller picture for at least one game.
This is a fitting game to have right at the end of the schedule, this was also the matchup for the Hornets in their first game of the season, a win. That was the Michael Kidd-Gilchrist game, he had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and it gave us a glimpse of what we hoped this season was going to look like. These two teams didn’t face each other again until about two weeks ago in what ended up becoming the Tony Snell Game. Snell, a Chicago Bulls castoff, had a relative modest season, but he lit it up for 26 points against Charlotte.
Point guard is going to be a focal point, just like it has been all season, for both teams. The Hornets have been blessed with a fantastic season from Kemba Walker, finally acknowledged as a deserving All-Star. The Milwaukee situation is a bit trickier. Malcolm Brogdon, the second-rounder who should be the Rookie of the Year winner, is the man for the Bucks, but he has been out with a back injury. He has participated in contract drills, however, and might be available for Monday night’s game. Milwaukee also picked up Gary Payton II recently. Yes, the son of that Gary Payton. Oh, and Matthew Dellavedova. Dark day for Delly.
The second great reason to watch – playoffs. No, Charlotte can’t make the playoffs, but they do have a say in helping decide seeding in the Eastern Conference. Entering Monday’s game, the Bucks are 41-39 in the 6th spot. They trail the Atlanta Hawks by one game after the Hawks pulled off a crazy comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Milwaukee is also just one game clear of the Indiana Pacers and two games clear of the Bulls. With two games to play, the Bucks are guaranteed a spot, but they could end up 5th, 6th, or 7th. I believe they have a tiebreaker with Chicago, but could catch and pass the Hawks or be caught by the Pacers.
It’s too bad that there’s so much more riding on this game for Milwaukee than the Hornets, but I’m hopeful that the Buzz can finish out the season strong and get the season series victory. Plus, it never hurts to get to watch Giannis Antetokounmpo. Only two games left in the season, let’s enjoy it.