Take away the 4 top players on any NBA team and there exists the strong possibility that team really sinks. This really has been the case with the Bucks as they have lost 9 out of last 10 games and averaged just 93.2 points over this period after starting the season as one of the league’s best scoring teams. Without so many starters (Michael Redd, Charlie Villanueva, Bobby Simmons and Mo Williams) the Bucks only chance to win is to keep the scoring low and hope that both Bogut and Boykins have a great night. But that’s especially difficult against the high-flying Suns. The Suns if anybody have the ability to turn up the pace and score. So, this style of basketball is exactly what the short-staffed Bucks don’t want to play right now.
The Suns at the same time are the hottest team in the league. They won their 15th consecutive game Wednesday, running their record to 34-8. Those guys seem to be winning with ease and with comfort. Whatever the game calls for, they have managed to get the job done. Their 5 starters are that kind of characters who need challenges and now flirting to set a franchise record with their 16th consecutive victory might be just enough motivation for them to keep on playing at such a high level.
Tonight’s game is going to be very difficult for the struggling Bucks, as they can't keep up with the Suns scoring. The Suns are playing in a nice rhythm and they love playing on the road (10-0 against Eastern Conference teams on the road) so the Bucks really have to play a perfect game to be competitive in this one. We expect the Suns to the take care of business and cover the spread -10.5 points offered by bookies. Medium stakes.
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