The last time the Pelicans and Bucks battled in a regular season game, Jrue Holiday was still in New Orleans, Eric Bledsoe was with Milwaukee, and Zion Williamson was held to under 50% from the field for the first time in his NBA career.
In fact, the combination of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez held the rookie phenom to just five makes in 19 field goal attempts (26.3%) — the most inefficient shooting night that Zion’s experienced in 39 professional games to date.
It’ll be fun to watch Holiday and Bledsoe battle each other and their former teams, but seeing how Zion better handles Milwaukee’s size this time round will be of most interest to me.
Brandon Ingram dropped 32 points on 12-19 from the field the last time these two teams met, but he’s going to need plenty of help if New Orleans wants to pull off the upset. The best bet? Probably Zion, who is averaging 28.2 points a game on 67.5% shooting from the floor the last five games.
For more on tonight’s matchup, please give David’s preview a read.
When: January 29, 6:30 p.m. Central
Where to watch: FSNO, ESPN
Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM