Match Timing: March 13, 2019, @ 05:30 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
Teams from opposite ends of the basketball spectrum take each other on as Milwaukee Bucks travel to face New Orleans Pelicans in the regular season of the NBA to extend their record on top of East.
Milwaukee Bucks are the first placed side in the Eastern Conference, and that has been the story for a while now. Ever since Mike Budenholzer took charge of this team as the head coach, he made sure that their main player in Giannis Antetokounmpo was given the freedom to express himself. He did so in a flamboyant manner, taking this team to have the best record out of anyone in the NBA. The Greek Freak is clearly one of the leading contenders for the MVP of the league award, but he is unlikely to be satiated until and unless a championship is around his arms in the next coming years.
Meanwhile, New Orleans Pelicans have fallen from grace, and their entire management has been hit with this downfall. The GM lost his job and their star man in Anthony Davis demanded to be traded. It is clear that this side who made it to the semi-finals of the Western Conference last time out are not going to be emulating a similar kind of performance. There are still some talented players in the roster, but the decision to trade Davis and acquire assets worth building a franchise on has to be taken quickly, or else they will have to play catch up in the near future.
Regular Season Record-
Milwaukee Bucks: W-50, L-17
New Orleans Pelicans: W-30, L-39
Giannis Antetokounmpo – He might just be the best player in the world right now, as he is clearly the most dominant force in basketball. He is averaging 27 points per game along with 12.7 rebounds this season.
Khris Middleton – He was rewarded with his first ever All-Star call up and has been in great form all season long. He is averaging 17.4 points per game along with 6 rebounds this time out.
Julius Randle –He has turned into a legitimate star for the franchise, even though this is the first year he is playing under this banner after being traded. He is averaging 20.7 points per game along with 8.7 rebounds.
Anthony Davis – The big man could’ve easily been the best player in the basketball if his minutes restriction wasn’t done by the franchise, but his call for being traded as caused a dent in the season. His average for the campaign is 26.6 points per game along with 12.2 rebounds.
Injured – George Hill is still struggling with his groin and is going to be out. Sterling Brown was ruled out as well as his wrist is still not recovered.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
New Orleans Pelicans:
Injured – Jrue Holiday has been diagnosed with a lower abdominal strain and is expected to be out for 2 weeks. Trevon Bluiett still hasn’t recovered from his thumb problem.
Questionable – E’Twaun Moore is going to be a gameday decision for the Pelicans.
Suspended – None.
From the bench:
Milwaukee Bucks are going to be showing why they were the first side in the NBA to book a spot in the playoffs by winning this game.