Bucks Preview: Game 9 vs Grizzlies

After losing two straight to previously-winless teams, the Bucks take on the Grizzlies tonight and attempt to get back to winning.

Memphis Grizzlies (4-4)

  • 42-40 last season, lost in first round of playoffs
  • 20-19 against Bucks all-time
  • Have made the playoffs in 6 straight seasons, reaching the second round every other year of these 6

Offensive Key

The Bucks have lost four games this season. In three of those games, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been in foul trouble to the tune of 5 personal fouls. Many of these fouls have come early in the games, limiting Giannis the rest of the way as he has to sit on the bench longer than he or Jason Kidd would like him to. When Giannis is in foul trouble, too much pressure is put on the rest of the Bucks (mostly Jabari Parker) to score, and it doesn’t always quite work out to a win. If Giannis can stay out of foul trouble and allow the Bucks to rely on him for most of the offense, the Bucks have a good shot at ending this two game skid.

Defensive Key

Tony Allen is out tonight with a groin injury. Allen leads the Grizzlies in offensive rebounds per game, so this is good news for the Bucks. If Milwaukee can limit the amount of offensive rebounds the Grizzlies come down with, and in effect, limit Memphis’s second-chance points, they should be the ones to come out on top. They can do this by stopping James Ennis from grabbing any offensive rebounds, as he’s the only Grizzlies player besides Allen who averages over 2 offensive rebounds a game this season.

Tune in at 7:30 PM CT to see which team comes away with their 5th win of the season!

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