The Bucks will be seeking to avenge a frustrating loss to the Kings by facing the Magic tonight in Orlando.
Milwaukee’s defense continues to struggle in this rough month of November. The Bucks currently supply the league’s 25th worst ranked defense, a stat the team must improve. Teams are scoring 105.6 points per game.
The defense was the glaring smudge on the Bucks as they fell to the Kings this past Wednesday night. Sacramento tore apart both Milwaukee’s interior and perimeter defense, rallying up a whopping 129 points. Now, they aren’t going up against a team that puts up too impressive of offensive numbers tonight against the Magic, but it remains an inefficiency the Bucks must improve upon. The Magic’s 100.5 points per game ranks 16th in the league.
Forward Evan Fournier will be the key player to watch on the Magic. If the season were to end today, he would be one of the front runners for most improved player of the year, as his 17.7 points headlines Orlando’s scoring.
Parallel to the weak defense, Orlando’s rebounding is something that could back the Bucks into the corner. Big man Nikola Vucevic leads the way down low, as the Magic rank fourth in the league in rebounds per game with 46.7. The Bucks will need to emphasize the importance of boxing out and not flying down the court until a defensive rebound is recorded.
All in all, the month of November is nearly done and the Bucks couldn’t be happier. The Bucks aren’t where they had envisioned themselves at the beginning of the year, but the good thing is that there are plenty of games for them to improve themselves.