PG Brandon Jennings
SG Carlos Delfino
SF Shaun Livingston
PF Jon Leuer
C Andrew Bogut
Key Reserves: Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova
I still remember like it was yesterday, Friday March 26, 2010. The Bucks came into the Garden that night and handed the Knicks their 5th straight loss. Brandon Jennings torched the Knicks for 37 points and Andrew Bogut put up 21 and 17 looking like a man amongst boys. However, that was last year! This year the Bucks are 0-8 on the road, but the Knicks are no better having lost four in a row. Will the Bucks get their first road win of the year or will the Knicks give the fans something to cheer about?
Frontcourt: Brandon Jennings said he’ll never forget the Knicks not drafting him back in 2009. Added motivation? In his last game on Tuesday, Jennings put up 30 points and dished six assists, not to mention three steals. Look for the momentum carry over to tonight. Carlos Delfino has been on a cold streak as of late, but his shooting skills shouldn’t be overlooked.
Backcourt: Shaun Livingston will get the start tonight in place of Stephen Jackson, who is serving a one-game suspension. At 6’7, Livingston is versatile player, but I don’t see him having much of an impact. Jon Leuer has got the start in two straight games. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets the start again. He hasn’t played well in his two starts, but when he does he’s an efficient shooter and plays smart. Andrew Bogut is averaging 12 points while grabbing eight boards. In previous meetings the Knicks didn’t have a center to matchup against Bogut, but with Tyson Chandler on board, Bogut will have to earn his chips.
Keys to victory
Move the ball: The Bucks thrive on defense, playing isolation offense will only play to their strength.
Do not fear the deer: The Bucks haven’t won a road game all season. The Knicks shouldn’t underestimate their opponent, but at the same time they can’t make the Bucks think they’re in their league.
Help defense: Brandon Jennings has incredible speed and can get to the tin at will. Shumpert is going to have a tough time guarding him and will need the help of his backcourt.