Bucks at Pistons: Bring on more tanks

Essentials

  • Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (14-59) at Detroit Pistons (26-47)
  • Date: March 31, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Milwaukee Bucks have the worst record in the league.

The Philadelphia 76ers seem to want that distinction because it will improve their chances of landing the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, but that won’t exactly be easy. The 76ers recently ended a 26-game losing streak at the expense of the Detroit Pistons, and the win gave Philly two more victories than the Bucks.

It should be a tight race given how close their respective records are. Milwaukee has lost nine of their past 10 games, thanks in large part to a defense that might remind fans of cartoon boats filled with holes that simply sink to the bottom of the ocean (the good old Bugs Bunny days or something).

In the month of March, the Bucks have surrendered 114.1 points per 100 possessions according to NBA.com. Projected over a full season, that would easily beat out the Utah Jazz, who own the worst defensive rating figures in the league.

What’s more, Milwaukee offers very little appeal. The team lacks a specific identity, offers very little entertainment value and has a glaring need for star power. In other words, the Bucks might need to win the draft lottery more than any other team in the league.

Milwaukee has become the Eastern Conference version of the Sacramento Kings.

They have a couple of pieces (O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders) that could definitely be solid contributors on playoff teams, but when grouped together, it’s like watching Jason Bourne die in the opening minutes of The Bourne Identity, only for the movie to still last 119 minutes.

It’s quite brutal.

Tonight, Pistons fans get an opportunity to get acclimated to the Bucks, after watching the Pistons fall before the 76ers. Although some fans have been cheerful of Detroit losses because of the draft lottery, one has to believe that even the most ardent supporter of the tanking Pistons does not want their team to lose in succession to Philly and Milwaukee.

What will you be cheering for tonight? Let us know in the comments section.

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