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The Milwaukee Bucks look to gain ground in the East tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats

The Milwaukee Bucks (29-43) are in Charlotte tonight to take on the Charlotte Bobcats (30-42), who along with the Indiana Pacers (32-42) are standing in the way of the Milwaukee Bucks and the playoffs.

The Charlotte Bobcats were just supposed to slide into the NBA draft lottery, after trading away Gerald Wallace the franchises only All-Star on the 24th of February, but they have managed to stick around the playoff picture. The Bobcats are currently the 9th seed in the playoffs just ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, and trailing the Indiana Pacers for the 8th and final playoff spot.

After the Gerald Wallace trade the Charlotte Bobcats offensive responsibility, has landed on the shoulders of Stephen Jackson. Stephen Jackson can not only be the Charolette Bobcats greatest strength, he can also be their greatest weakness, collecting 15 technical fouls this season, leaving him one away from a league mandated one game suspension. Stephen Jackson has also been fighting a nagging hamstring injury.

Tonight’s game, in my opinion at least is a must win for the Milwaukee Bucks Of the three teams fighting for the 8th seed (Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Milwaukee Bucks) the Milwaukee Bucks have the toughest schedule remaining, with 10 games left the Milwaukee Bucks have only 2 games at home.

My keys to the game tonight are, the Milwaukee Bucks have to get to the basket and the foul line, there have been way too many kick outs and jump shots for a team that frankly doesn’t shoot that well (42.8 percent).

Carlos Delfino especially needs to be aggressive, get Stephen Jackson in early foul trouble, and take him out of the game. If he can get that done, should be a Milwaukee Bucks win.