The Dallas Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-93 on December 28th, but will see a much better team on their home floor.
The Dallas Mavericks disposed of the Milwaukee Bucks by ten points in their first meeting on December 28th, but are likely in for more of a challenge tonight with the game being played on the Bucks’ home floor. Milwaukee is abysmal on the road, winning only five of their 21 away games so far on the season. Some of that can be attributed to the young, inexperienced roster, but whatever the case may be they are a different team at home.
The 14-21 Bucks actually have a winning record at the Bradley Center, where they are four points better on both ends. Dallas (a pedestrian 10-9 on the road this season) can’t afford a slow start.
Players to Watch
Zaza Pachulia makes his return to Milwaukee, where he spent two season before being traded to Dallas. Zaza is sure to get a warm welcome from a fanbase that misses his toughness and veteran leadership. Here’s a really good read from our friends over at Behind the Buck Pass on Pachulia’s homecoming. Expect a strong game from Zaza, fresh after taking the night off against the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Chandler Parsons was the lone starter who suited up for the Mavericks against New Orleans and he was the prime reason Dallas was able to get the win. He had probably his best game of the season, scoring 21 points on 9-16 shooting, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out six assists. Was it the turning point for Parsons, or just the occasional peak in a season full of valleys?
JaVale McGee has turned in back-to-back strong performances for the Mavericks, and his role is likely to become more substantial because of it. Against Sacramento McGee had 13 points on 6-8 shooting, 11 rebounds, and two blocked shots. In his first start of the season against the Pelicans he had eight points and six rebounds to go with four blocked shots. Nobody expected all-star numbers from McGee, but recently he’s been serving as the rim protector that the Mavericks need and the roller that really makes the offense tick. Keep an eye on him and his rise with the Mavericks.
The game tips off at 7pm CT. Follow us @thesmokingcuban for in-game updates and analysis.