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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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The Spurs take on an above-.500 Milwaukee Bucks squad in the second part of a four-game home stand.

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San Antonio Spurs vs Milwaukee Bucks

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
January 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

Before the season started, the Milwaukee Bucks looked like they'd be remembered as little more than the answer to a handful of trivia questions. "What team just missed out on drafting Andrew Wiggins?" "Where did Kenyon Martin and his horrible lipstick tattoo last play before retiring?" "What city did today's Seattle Bucks move from?"

After losing Jabari Parker to an injury that sidetracked his Rookie of the Year campaign, and with all the drama surrounding big man Larry Sanders, one could've excused Jason Kidd's squad for packing it up and eyeing another high pick in the upcoming draft.

Instead, Brandon Knight's looking like a Most Improved Player candidate and Milwaukee's collection of castaways is looking like a team that will be playing basketball in late April.

The Spurs bounced back from their loss to the Bulls by taking down the Lakers on Friday, but if they show the same effort and execution they exhibited in Chicago, this is a game they could drop at home -- especially if the streaky Knight catches fire. The Bucks have been competitive all season long against by spreading the floor and getting the most out of their players. Their size can disrupt things defensively, and it's not inconceivable to imagine them keeping this game close.

San Antonio had a poor shooting night from distance against LA, and I'd like to think they'll be more respectable tonight. An average performance from the field and solid execution should be enough to topple an above-average Bucks team that still struggles to put points on the board.

Matchup to watch: The Claw vs. The Greek Freak. A high five between these two anatomical anomalies could probably be the feature of an ESPN Sports Science. Giannis is still much more raw than Kawhi, which makes him perhaps even more interesting to watch, as he uses his cartoonish length to produce plays that shouldn't be possible. It will be interesting to see if that will cause much trouble for Leonard, who's been extremely aggressive on offense since coming back from injury.

vs.

Milwaukee Bucks (21-21)

San Antonio Spurs (28-17)

January 25, 2015

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

6:00 p.m. CST

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Brandon Knight

PG

Tony Parker

Khris Middleton

SG

Danny Green

Giannis Antetokounmpo

SF

Kawhi Leonard

Ersan Ilyasova

PF

Boris Diaw

Zaza Pachulia

C

Tim Duncan


Game prediction: Spurs by 6.

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As always, Tony must dominate Fisher, and you can get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment: Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com