Pump Up Music: The Strokes -- "Reptilia"
The Big Picture: The Bobcats may be four games clear of the lottery with only eight games to play, but they can't look past tonight to the big matchup against the Bulls tomorrow. The Milwaukee Bucks have probably been the hottest team in the NBA since acquiring John Salmons and they now have the fifth seed, ahead of the Heat.
Brandon Jennings won't win Rookie of the Year, but he's proven that he's a top-flight pro point guard. Andrew Bogut took a huge step forward this season, improving his already rock-solid defense a little, but also kicking up his offense several notches. Those two will be the Bucks' core for years to come, and if this season was any indication, the only thing that can keep them out of the playoffs will be total failure by the front office to find supporting role players, or a total tuneout of the coach. (Note: With Scott Skiles, we're about a year or so away from that.)
Key to Victory: The hype for tomorrow's game has me excited, and I'm not even on the team. Just keep steady, do what's worked all season, and worry about tomorrow then.