This mid-week edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the improving Milwaukee Bucks who recently signed former Sixer Jerry Stackhouse.
We’re not really sure what to say about the 76ers game against the Milwaukee Bucks (18-25) tonight. On one hand, the Sixers recently beat a very good, but road weary Dallas Mavericks squad. On the other hand, one could argue that the Sixers last two loses — @ Minnesota and vs. Indiana — were the two most disturbing Ls of the 2009-10 season.
In addition to the Sixers inconsistent play, Milwaukee is a much different team since we beat them 99-86 back in October. Obviously All-Star Michael Redd is out for the season now, but thanks to the play of Rookie of the Year candidate Brandon Jennings and big man Andrew Bogut, who has been playing out of his mind of late, the Bucks have not fallen off. In fact during the month of January the Bucks have been playing some of their best ball and it’s come against the NBA’s elite teams. The problem for MIL is that because of the recent level of competition they have faced, the improved play still has produced mostly gut wrenching loses.
So the Sixers play continues to be inconsistent, they should be pissed-off about Monday’s terrible L to Indiana and they’ve had a day off. Mean while the Bucks are an improving team, but one that suffered a heartbreaking loss at Dallas last night and should be tired. Vegas has installed the Bucks as a 3.5 point favorite which means this is an even match-up if the game was played on a neutral floor. We’re looking at a coin toss here…Sixers. One last point, if Jrue Holiday does not guard Brandon Jennings for the bulk of the night, Jennings puts up 40.
For a little more insight into the Bucks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Jeremy Schmidt from bucksketball.com to answer two questions on Milwaukee from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Bucks squad from an insider’s perspective.