When: 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: Fiserv Forum; Milwaukee, WI
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
This is gonna be a tough one. The Hornets road struggles are well documented on this website, and the next road game is about as tough as a road game can get. The Bucks are 34-12, best in the league. They’re 21-4 at home, also best in the league. They’re currently on a five game winning streak, second best in the league. The Bucks are good. Very good.
The Bucks are led by Giannis Antetokounmpo (I spelled that right on the first try, get at me). The Greek Freak is averaging 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting a blistering 18.2% from behind the arc. If it weren’t for James Harden putting up NBA 2K MyPlayer stats, Giannis would probably be the front runner for MVP.
Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, and Brook Lopez all join Antetokounmpo in double figures. Middleton has slumped a bit from outside, but he’s still as dangerous a shooter as there is. Bledsoe is one of the best two way point guards in the league. Brogdon is annoyingly good while being the most boring player of all time. Lopez only shoots 3-pointers on offense while still being his burly self on defense. Sophomore D.J. Wilson has started to get some burn and looks like he might actually be an NBA player. Tony Snell is there. Again, the Bucks are very good.
There are glimmers of hope for the Hornets. They’re a wildly missed buzzer beater away from being 2-0 against this Bucks team, albeit both at home. The Bucks only have four home losses. Three of those were to the Raptors, the Warriors, and the Grizzlies before they became terrible, but the fourth loss was to the Phoenix Suns. That win was the only Suns win over a 14 game stretch.
Anything is possible.