The Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies are both jockeying for playoff position with little room for error. Saturday’s best game will test each team’s mettle as they try to prove they belong in the postseason.
So far the Bucks have been pretty convincing.
Milwaukee has won nine of its last 12 games and averaged 108 points over its last 10.
In Monta Ellis’ first game with the Bucks on March 16th, Milwaukee set a season high with 120 points in a win over Ellis’ former team, Golden State.
The backcourt of Ellis (13 points) and Brandon Jennings (28 points) lead the Bucks to another season high in its 121-84 drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday – Milwaukee’s most lopsided victory this year.
The win, coupled with New York’s 100-90 loss to Atlanta, moved the Bucks (24-27) within 1 1/2 games of the East’s final playoff spot.
The Bucks trail only Boston and Denver in that department, averaging 23.5 per game.
Despite leading the NBA in steals per game (10), Memphis hasn’t been able to do much else on the defensive end.
The Grizzlies are allowing 102.1 points over their past 9 games, up from 93.9 on the season, and have dropped 7 of 11, including a 98-89 loss in Houston on Friday.
Memphis (27-22) is currently sixth in the West but only a half- game ahead of Houston and Denver. Mike Conley should take some notes Saturday against the Bucks. The Grizzlies point guard didn’t record a single assist in 26 minutes of action Friday.