Yes, this will be the second time ex-Warriors Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh face Golden State. Last season, the Warriors were crushed by the Bucks by more than 20. Ellis had 18, and Udoh had contributed in rebounding and blocks as well as defense. They really killed the Warriors. Now that Stephen Curry and the Warriors are almost fully healthy, the Warriors are looking to rebound after being crushed by the Bulls last night. The Warriors enter this game at 26-16.
Keys to Win:
1. Win the Backcourt: These are two of the best backcourts in the NBA, except the Warriors’ backcourt is the one that actually works out. The Warriors’ backcourt, lead by Curry and Klay Thompson, are known as the splash brothers, and can both have big nights without interfering with the others. This season, Ellis and Jennings have struggled, and are never able to offset each other for hot nights. If the Warriors win the backcourt, they’ll win the game.
2. David Lee’s Defense: In the last three games, Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 28 points and 10 rebounds. Considering he started the season slow for the Bucks, it’s a good sign for them. David Lee will have to be very active tonight on the glass as well as the perimeter: Ilyasova is a shooter.
3. 3-Point Shooting: Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and sometimes even Richard Jefferson, will need to be hitting their threes tonight. The Warriors are a better team when hitting perimeter shots.
Matchup to Watch: Klay Thompson vs Monta Ellis
Players to Watch: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis
Leading Scorer: Brandon Jennings, 28
Winner: Warriors by 8
1. Stephen Curry vs Brandon Jennings
2. Klay Thompson vs Monta Ellis
3. Harrison Barnes vs Luc Richard Mbah a Moute/ Ersan Ilyasova
4. David Lee vs Ersan Ilyasova/Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
5. Festus Ezeli vs Larry Sanders