One of last year’s matchups between the Milwaukee Bucks and Anthony Davis had a tremendous showing of the two teams’ franchise players. Giannis finished with 29 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks while Anthony Davis ran the floor with 40 points. Could we see another clash tonight?
Playing in New Orleans is something that hasn’t gone nicely for the Bucks. Milwaukee is winless in its last 13 trips down to the Bayou. The Bucks’ last victory in New Orleans? Jan. 27, 2003.
In fact, the Bucks haven’t even had success at home against the Pelicans. New Orleans has been victorious in the last five matchups between the two teams and rides into tonight’s game seeking its fifth win in six games.
The Pelicans are aiming for a season-high fourth win in a row at home coming off a 115-99 thrashing of Detroit on Thursday. Anthony Davis had 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting.
Perhaps the Bucks’ savior to their season (possibly a stretch), Khris Middleton is averaging 23.6 points in his last five games. In the most recent road matchup against the Pelicans though, he only went 2-of-14 from the floor. The shooting guard tallied 42 points and made 16 of 28 shots in his prior two meetings against New Orleans.
In his last seven games, Greg Monroe is averaging a double double at 19.4 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. Over that stretch, he is also shooting 54.6 percent.
Tonight will be the last game of the Joe Prunty era (at least this time around). Head coach Jason Kidd has missed the last 16 games since undergoing surgery on his right hip Dec. 21. However, Kidd intends to return to the sidelines for Tuesday’s home game in Milwaukee against the Magic.