Bobcats Host Struggling Bucks

Nov 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh (5) during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats defeated the Bucks 92-76. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks (6-21)
Projected Starters:

PG: Brandon Knight
SG: Giannis Antetokounmpo
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Khris Middleton
C: Ekpe Udoh

Injuries: Carlos Delfino (foot), John Henson (knee), Ersan Ilyasova (ankle), Gary Neal (plantar fasciitis), ZaZa Pachulia (foot), Larry Sanders (thumb)

Overview: Milwaukee has been hit hard by injuries under first year coach Larry Drew. They’re struggling defensively as well, allowing more than 105 points in eight games in December. Offensively, neither of Milwaukee’s three top scorers are shooting above 40 percent from the field. Milwaukee is 28th in scoring, two spots above the league-worst Bobcats.

Despite being shorthanded, Milwaukee is coming off a 10-point victory against the Philadelphia 76ers and had two close losses against the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks. Milwaukee is playing harder and running into a team almost as injury plagued as themselves could end up being a break for them.

Nov 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (15) goes up for a shot while Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh (5) defends during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats defeated the Bucks 92-76. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats (13-15)
Projected Starters:

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Anthony Tolliver
PF: Josh McRoberts
C: Al Jefferson

Injuries: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left hand), Jeff Taylor (achilles), Brendan Haywood (stress fracture)

Overview: Charlotte’s two wins over Milwaukee came by an average margin of 20 points. Saturday proved that no win is going to come easy for the Bobcats following injuries to Kidd-Gilchrist and Taylor. Charlotte couldn’t crack 90 points against the Utah Jazz, but managed to score over 100 against the Detroit Pistons the day before.

The Bobcats will look to continue riding the hot hand of Kemba Walker, who’s averaging 22.4 points on 51 percent shooting in December. Walker has scored 20 points or more in five straight games and is playing like an all-star guard. However, in the Bobcats two wins over Milwaukee, Walker has just 21 points on 20 shots.

Topics: Charlotte Bobcats

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