Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Aaron Gray
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, Shaun Livingston, Carlos Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Drew Gooden
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is still out.
Milwaukee: Andrew Bogut is expected to be out until April.
At 10-14, the Milwaukee Bucks have a half-game lead over the Knicks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. This is a precarious place for a team to be in, because they’re not good enough to have a realistic chance of advancing past the first round of the playoffs, but they’re not crappy enough to get a lottery pick in what is expected to be a strong 2012 draft class. Hey, maybe Stephen Jackson can start acting out and completely screw up team chemistry! Good ol’ Stack Jack — that crazy train is never late.
On the court, Drew Gooden has been hotter over his last two games than Pizza Pop filling when it’s right out of the microwave. He scored at least 24 points and shot over 50 percent in each of those games, and he might continue that trend tonight if the Raptors’ slow-footed crew of centers is matched up against him. As for Brandon Jennings, you never know what you’re going to get from him. He could score three points like he did last night, or he could go off for 30. If you’re excited by wildly unpredictable performance swings, then maybe the Bucks should be your team!
I don’t have time for random thoughts tonight, but here’s a murderer who is really bad at his job.