Last season the Bucks were great on defense (third in defensive efficiency) but not so great on offense. Milwaukee was in the bottom third of the NBA in a number of offensive statistical categories (e.g., tied for 22nd in scoring, 23rd in offensive efficiency, 29th in field goal percentage, and dead last in free throws made).
The acquisition of Corey Maggette directly addresses Milwaukee's offensive shortcomings. Maggette consistently gets to the free-throw line and as a result scores his points rather efficiently. Last season Maggette shot 51.6% from the field and averaged 19.8 points per game. He was also among the NBA leaders in free throws made (6.6) and free throws attempted (7.9) per game.
Corey Maggette will give the Milwaukee Bucks some much-needed offensive firepower. But will Maggette, who is less than enthusiastic on the defensive end, embrace the defensive mindset and culture that Scott Skiles has created in Milwaukee?
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2010-2011 Milwaukee Bucks:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 27 at New Orleans- Bucks fall to Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets to open the season (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, October 29 at Minnesota- Bucks rebound with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center (Record 1-1).
Game 3, Saturday, October 30 versus Bobcats- Bucks lose to the Charlotte Bobcats and drop the second half of a back-to-back (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Tuesday, November 2 versus Trail Blazers- Bucks close a brief two-game home stand with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 3 at Boston- Bucks get a victory over the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics (Record 2-3).
Game 6, Friday, November 5 at Indiana- Bucks defeat the Indiana Pacers for the fifth straight time (Record 3-3).
Game 7, Saturday, November 6 versus Hornets- Bucks beat the New Orleans Hornets and get revenge for the loss they suffered to begin the season (Record 4-3).
Game 8, Tuesday, November 9 versus Knicks- Bucks get their fourth consecutive win with a victory over the New York Knicks (Record 5-3).
Game 9, Wednesday, November 10 at Atlanta- Bucks get a road win over the Atlanta Hawks to capture the second half of a back-to-back (Record 6-3).
Game 10, Saturday, November 13 versus Warriors- Bucks continue their winning ways with a victory over the Golden State Warriors (Record 7-3).
Game 11, Tuesday, November 16 versus Lakers- Bucks get a home win over the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers (Record 8-3).
Game 12, Friday, November 19 at Philadelphia- Bucks lose a road game to the Philadelphia 76ers (Record 8-4).
Game 13, Saturday, November 20 versus Thunder- Bucks fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder and drop both halves of a back-to-back (Record 8-5).
Game 14, Wednesday, November 24 at Cleveland- Bucks get back on track with a victory over division rival Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 9-5).
Game 15, Friday, November 26 at Detroit- Bucks drop a road game to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace (Record 9-6).
Game 16, Saturday, November 27 versus Bobcats- Bucks avenge an October loss with a victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats (Record 10-6).
Game 17, Monday, November 29 at Utah- Bucks lose a close game to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 10-7).
Game 18, Wednesday, December 1 at Denver- Bucks begin December with their fourth straight win over the Denver Nuggets (Record 11-7).
Game 19, Saturday, December 4 versus Magic- Bucks open a four-game home stand with a loss to the Orlando Magic (Record 11-8).
Game 20, Monday, December 6 versus Heat- Bucks fall to the Miami Heat at the Bradley Center (Record 11-9).
Game 21, Wednesday, December 8 versus Pacers- Bucks get back on track with a close win over the pesky Indiana Pacers (Record 12-9).
Game 22, Friday, December 10 versus Rockets- Bucks close a 2-2 home stand with a victory over the Houston Rockets (Record 13-9).
Game 23, Monday, December 13 at Dallas- Bucks lose to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center (Record 13-10).
Game 24, Wednesday, December 15 at San Antonio- Bucks recover from the initial misstep and defeat the San Antonio Spurs to win the second step of the Texas Two-Step (Record 14-10).
Game 25, Saturday, December 18 versus Jazz- Bucks get a home win over the visiting Utah Jazz (Record 15-10).
Game 26, Monday, December 20 at Portland- Bucks begin a three-game road trip with a close loss to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (Record 15-11).
Game 27, Tuesday, December 21 at Los Angeles Lakers- Bucks play their third game in four nights and fall to the Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 15-12).
Game 28, Thursday, December 23 at Sacramento- Bucks finish a disappointing 1-2 road trip with a victory over the Sacramento Kings (Record 16-12).
Game 29, Monday, December 27 versus Hawks- Bucks drop a home game to the high-flying Atlanta Hawks (Record 16-13).
Game 30, Tuesday, December 28 at Chicago- Bucks fall to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center (Record 16-14).
Game 31, Saturday, January 1 versus Mavericks- Bucks drop a home game to the Dallas Mavericks to open the New Year (Record 16-15).
Game 32, Tuesday, January 4 at Miami- Bucks fall to the Heat and lose their fourth straight game (Record 16-16).
Game 33, Wednesday, January 5 at Orlando- Bucks drop their fifth straight to the Orlando Magic (Record 16-17).
Game 34, Friday, January 7 versus Heat- Bucks get back on track with an impressive home win over the Miami Heat (Record 17-17).
Game 35, Saturday, January 8 at New Jersey- Bucks complete the back-to-back with a road win over the Nets (Record 18-17).
Game 36, Tuesday, January 11 at Atlanta- Bucks drop a close game to the Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 18-18).
Game 37, Wednesday, January 12 versus Spurs- Bucks rebound with a quality home win over the visiting San Antonio Spurs (Record 19-18).
Game 38, Friday, January 14 at Philadelphia- Bucks defeat the 76ers and get their 20th win of the season (Record 20-18).
Game 39, Monday, January 17 at Houston- Bucks fall to the Rockets on Martin Luther King Day (Record 20-19).
Game 40, Wednesday, January 19 versus Wizards- Bucks rebound with a home win over the Washington Wizards (Record 21-19).
Game 41, Friday, January 21 at Cleveland- Bucks drop a road game to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 21-20).
Game 42, Saturday, January 22 versus Grizzlies- Bucks defeat the Memphis Grizzlies and win the second half of a back-to-back (Record 22-20).
Game 43, Monday, January 24 at Chicago- Bucks get a quality win over Central Division rival Chicago Bulls (Record 23-20).
Game 44, Wednesday, January 26 versus Hawks- Bucks pick up their third straight win with a victory over the Atlanta Hawks (Record 24-20).
Game 45, Friday, January 28 at Toronto- Bucks defeat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 25-20).
Game 46, Saturday, January 29 versus Nets- Bucks continue to roll with a victory over the New Jersey Nets (Record 26-20).
Game 47, Monday, January 31 at Los Angeles Clippers- Bucks finish January with a loss to the Clippers (Record 26-21).
Game 48, Wednesday, February 2 at Phoenix- Bucks get right back on track with a road win over the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns (Record 27-21).
Game 49, Thursday, February 3 at Golden State- Bucks play their third game in four nights and fall to the Golden State Warriors (Record 27-22),
Game 50, Saturday, February 5 versus Pistons- Bucks defeat the Pistons and get revenge for a November loss (Record 28-22).
Game 51, Tuesday, February 8 versus Raptors- Bucks get a home win over the visiting Toronto Raptors (Record 29-22).
Game 52, Wednesday, February 9 at Washington- Bucks drop a close game to the Wizards (Record 29-23).
Game 53, Friday, February 11 at Memphis- Bucks fall to the Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 29-24).
Game 54, Saturday, February 12 versus Pacers- Bucks open a four-game home stand with a victory over the Indiana Pacers (Record 30-24).
Game 55, Monday, February 14 versus Clippers- Bucks win a close game over the Los Angeles Clippers to avenge a loss they suffered just two weeks earlier (Record 31-24).
Game 56, Wednesday, February 16 versus Nuggets- Bucks head into the All-Star Break with a home win over the Denver Nuggets (Record 32-24).
Game 57, Tuesday, February 22 versus Timberwolves- Bucks complete a 4-0 home stand with a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (Record 33-24).
Game 58, Wednesday, February 23 at New York- Bucks drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Knicks (Record 33-25).
Game 59, Saturday, February 26 versus Bulls- Bucks rebound with a home win over the Chicago Bulls (Record 34-25).
Game 60, Tuesday, March 1 versus Pistons- Bucks open March with a home win over the Detroit Pistons (Record 35-25).
Game 61, Friday, March 4 versus Suns-Bucks get burned by the Phoenix Suns at the Bradley Center (Record 35-26).
Game 62, Sunday, March 6 versus Celtics- Bucks get an impressive home win over the Boston Celtics to close out a 3-1 home stand (Record 36-26).
Game 63, Tuesday, March 8 at Washington- Bucks defeat the Wizards at the Verizon Center and win the season series 2-1 (Record 37-26).
Game 64, Wednesday, March 9 versus Cavaliers- Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and capture both halves of a back-to-back (Record 38-26).
Game 65, Saturday, March 12 versus 76ers- Bucks get a home win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers (Record 39-26).
Game 66, Sunday, March 13 at Boston- Bucks lose a home game to the Celtics (Record 39-27).
Game 67, Wednesday, March 16 versus Magic- Bucks get their 40th win of the season with a victory over the Orlando Magic (Record 40-27).
Game 68, Friday, March 18 versus Nets- Bucks drop a home game to the New Jersey Nets (Record 40-28).
Game 69, Sunday, March 20 versus Knicks- Bucks rebound with a home win over the New York Knicks (Record 41-28).
Game 70, Wednesday, March 23 versus Kings- Bucks lose to the Sacramento Kings to close a 2-2 home stand (Record 41-29).
Game 71, Friday, March 25 at New York- Bucks fall to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 41-30).
Game 72, Saturday, March 26 versus Bulls- Bucks drop a home game to the Chicago Bulls (Record 41-31).
Game 73, Monday, March 28 at Charlotte- Bucks open a three-game road trip with a close win over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena (Record 42-31).
Game 74, Wednesday March 30 at Toronto- Bucks defeat the Raptors (Record 43-31).
Game 75, Friday, April 1 at Indiana- Bucks drop a road game to the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 43-32).
Game 76, Saturday, April 2 versus 76ers- Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers and get their fourth straight win (Record 44-32).
Game 77, Tuesday, April 5 at Orlando- Bucks fall to the Magic at the Amway Center (Record 44-33).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 6 at Miami- Bucks lose to the Heat and drop both halves of a Florida back-to-back (Record 44-34).
Game 79, Friday, April 8 at Detroit- Bucks play their third road game in four nights and fall to the Pistons (Record 44-35).
Game 80, Saturday, April 9 versus Cavaliers- Bucks get a much-needed win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 45-35).
Game 81, Monday, April 11 versus Raptors- Bucks defeat the Toronto Raptors in their final home game of the season (Record 46-35).
Prediction: With an improved offense and their scrappy, pesky defense the Milwaukee Bucks will win 46 games for the second consecutive season.
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Information from ESPN.com's Milwaukee Bucks Schedule, Hollinger's NBA Team Statistics, NBA Team Offense Per Game Statistics - 2009-2010, NBA Player Free-Throw Shooting Statistics - 2009-2010, Corey Maggette Statistics, and NBA Universe's Milwaukee Bucks Records was used for this article.
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