It’s an interconference matchup on the parquet floor in the Big Easy. The Milwaukee Bucks are on the road as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night. Milwaukee comes in off a 121-114 road loss to San Antonio Sunday night in their last contest. New Orleans was dumped 128-116 on the road by Atlanta in their last game Sunday evening. The Pelicans lead the all-time regular season series 26-10 but Milwaukee took the first matchup this season, prevailing 123-115 at home on December 19, 2018.
Milwaukee Bucks Try to Bounce Back in Win Column
Milwaukee had their two-game win streak snapped with their road loss to San Antonio in their last contest. The Bucks entered Monday leading the Eastern Conference by two games over the Raptors: they were eight games up on Indiana in the Central Division. Milwaukee was up seven after the opening quarter and by six at the half before getting outscored 33-23 in the third quarter. The Bucks gave up a 13-3 run to open the fourth quarter to trail 100-86 with 7:29 to play: they didn’t get closer than the final score after that. Milwaukee shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 14 of 36 from three-point range, but allowed San Antonio to shoot 49 percent in the game. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the loss.
The Bucks are above average so far this season offensively, ranking 2nd in the league with 117.4 points a game. Milwaukee is elite on the boards at this point of the year as they are 1st with 49.3 rebounds per game. The Bucks are 8th in assists as they dish out 26 per contest. Milwaukee is 9th in scoring defense as they allow 108.4 points per game. Milwaukee is tied for 3rd in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 47.7 percent from the floor. The Bucks are 2nd with 13.4 three-point field goals per game and stand tied for 16th as they shoot 35.2 percent from beyond the arc. Milwaukee is 7-3 in their last 10 games and stand 2nd with 120.5 points per game. The Bucks have struggled from the field in general in that run, shooting 46.2 percent as a team, ranking tied for 13th in that category. Their perimeter Bucks are 9th in three-point shooting in the last 10 games, hitting 37.1 percent of their shots from beyond the arc in that stretch. Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 26.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in the team’s last 10 games. He’s shooting 57.1 percent from the floor in that stretch. Khris Middleton continues to be an effective second option as he contributes 19 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting only 35.8 percent from the field in that stretch. Milwaukee signed Pau Gasol to a deal after he was bought out by the Spurs: it will be interesting to see how he fits into the mix.
New Orleans Pelicans Hope To Snap Slide
New Orleans dropped their third straight game as they were upended on the road by Atlanta Sunday night. The Pelicans entered Monday 12th in the Western Conference, nine games behind the Spurs for the final playoff spot. New Orleans was up seven after the opening quarter and by one at the half before getting outscored 29-20 in the third quarter. The Pelicans could draw no closer than four in the final quarter as the Hawks had an answer every time. New Orleans shot 44.6 percent from the field, including 18 of 41 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 56-42 in the contest. Frank Jackson and Julius Randle each had 23 points in the loss.
The Pelicans are 3rd in the league in scoring offense with 115.6 points per game. The Pelicans are 5th in rebounding with 47 boards per game while ranking 4th with 26.9 assists per contest. New Orleans is 27th in scoring defense as they give up 115.4 points per contest. New Orleans is 5th in field goal percentage shooting 47.6 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are tied for 21st with 10.1 made threes per game and stand tied for 22nd in the league by converting 34.8 percent from long range this season. New Orleans is 4-6 in their last 10 games and ranked tied for 11th with 115.7 points per game. The Pelicans are 25th in scoring defense by allowing 118.6 points a night in that stretch. Julius Randle leads the team in the last 10 games with 23.7 points plus 6.6 rebounds a night while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor. Jrue Holiday puts up 22.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game: he is shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, including 36.4 percent from three-point range. The Pelicans have a lot of work to do in order to try and get back on track on both ends of the floor. Holiday and E’Twaun Moore are both out for this contest, dealing damage to the Pelicans’ rotation.
- Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference foes
- Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games
- Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss
- Bucks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home recor