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Sixers-Bucks Preview

Fresh off a three-game sweep of a road trip, the Sixers are looking to continue their streak of wins on Monday when they return home, against the Bucks. The Bucks (3-2, 2-0 on the road) have showcased some new-and-improved talent, which could prove to be a problem for the Sixers. The Sixers (4-2, 1-1 at home) just swept a three game road trip and are feeling pretty confident. They are winning without their big man with the fro, Andrew Bynum.

The trouble comes in the form of the starting Point Guard and Shooting Guard for Milwaukee. The only reason that the Sixers should “fear the dear” is because of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Jennings is averaging 14 PPG, 9 APG, and 3 SPG. He is also the definition of the Sixers’ newest concern: defending the three-pointer. Jennings loves to shoot the three, and the ball loves going into the basket. His speed combined with his ability to shoot present the Sixers with a big defensive problem. Jrue Holiday, although the Sixers’ best active player, is not a good defender. Jennings could potentially go off and have a big night. Also, Jrue Holiday has been turning the ball over a lot, lately. With his steals average and points average combined with Jrue Holiday’s recent turnovers  and defense could potentially be the arrow in the Sixers’ achilles.

Monta Ellis presents a similar problem. He is one of the most prolific (though underrated) scorers in the league. Although he is not a great shooter, he gets buckets. He is also more athletic than Jennings. Ellis averages 21 PPG, 6 APG, and 3 APG. He scores a lot of points, but also takes a lot of shots. Evan Turner plays pretty good defense. This matchup could be the difference in tonight’s game.

Although the Bucks give the Sixers problems, the Sixers present a big problem to the Bucks: shooting and scoring in the paint. The Bucks are a decent defensive team, allowing 97.0 PPG. But, they do not have great defensive players. The Sixers have remarkable shooters. The Bucks struggle to defend the paint. If the Sixers have one big man that can intimidate the Bucks in the paint, the shooters will be left open — it will be a three-point party. If Jrue Holiday and Nick Young can score against Jennings and Ellis (who are NOT good defenders), the Sixers will win. If the limited the Sixers big men can find a way to do damage in the paint, the Sixers will win. If the Sixers defend, they will win.

KEYS TO THE GAME

1) Defend Jennings and Ellis — If Philly shuts these two guys down, the Bucks will not score.

2) Defend the three –If the Sixers do not give up threes, the Bucks will have limited ways to score.

3) Dominate the paint — The Bucks lack any type of paint defense. If the Sixers score in the paint, they will dominate this game.

4) Shoot threes/Take advantage of Jennings and Ellis’ defense — The Bucks’ best players do not play defense. The Sixers must score on them. If Philly makes threes, they will win.

5) Continue the Streak — The Sixers are hot, why stop now? They have a very favorable schedule right now. Wouldn’t it be great if they were ten games over .500 by the time Bynum comes back? Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a lead in the Atlantic Division when the big guy returns?

Prediction

Tonight, the Sixers will be tested on who can be the go-to-guy at the end of the game. It will be close. Sixers win by five.

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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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