Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks made a lot of offseason acquisitions this summer, and it seems as though these acquisitions are still trying to find their places on their respective teams.
The Cavs (2-2) and the Bucks (1-2) have had their troubles early on, but I think each will find their form later in the season. As the Cavs brought in No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and former Los Angeles Lakers superstar center Andrew Bynum, their future looks extremely bright. However, as neither player has played more than a half of basketball thus far, it’s hard to see if these new additions are working well within the team.
As for the Bucks, who let go of their two superstar guards in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, they have attempted to replicate these stars with the additions of O.J. Mayo and Caron Butler. These are two players who played key roles for the Bucks, putting up a combined average of 36 points, 10 assists and six rebounds a game, whereas their replacements have put up a combined 30 points, five assists and six rebounds per game. Clearly they will need to find some sort of production elsewhere.
These two teams met twice last season with the Cavs taking the series 2-1. However, with every new season comes an array of new players on new teams changes the game completely. Although the Bucks do have the luxury of playing at home, I think the Cavs have a much deeper roster, especially with the addition of Jarrett Jack and second year up-and-comers like Dion Waiters and Cody Zeller. Even if their big men play limited minutes the Cavs should handle the struggling Bucks. I expect a 10 to 15 point win for the Cavs.
For those of you wishing to tune in, the two are set to tip-off at the BMO Harris Bradley Center tomorrow night at 8 p.m.