The new-look Buffalo Braves, who go through coaches and players quicker than any other team in the league, will make their final Capital Centre appearance of the season today in 1:45 game against the Washington Bullets.
Joe Mullaney, the third coach the Braves have had this season , has inserted some special plays to better utilize the talents of Adrian Dantley, and the former De Martha and Ntre Dame star has turned into a scoring machine.
Dantley is averaging nearly 19 points a game and and had a career-high 39 in a game last week.
To play center, the Braves acquired George Johnson from the Golden State Warriors. John Shumate is the other forward, and Randy Smith and Ernie DiGregotio are the guards.
This afternoon's contest will be Washington's fifth straight home game. The Bullets will host the Denver Nuggets Wednesday in the first of four games in five days.
After the Denver game, the Bullets will go to the Atlanta Friday to face the Hawks and former Bullet Leonard (Truck) Robinson and then return to Capital Center for a Saturday night game against New Orleans and a Sunday afternoon affair against the Phoenix Suns.
The Bullets have beaten the Braves in their three previous meetings this season. The last time the two played was Feb. 15 in Buffalo when Elvin Hayes and Phil Chenier combined or 64 points in a 126-144 victory.
After the Buffalo game, the Bullets will have only 22 games left, 12 at home and 10 on the road. They lead the Central Division and are now trying to catch the Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in the Eastern Conference, which would result in the home-court advantage in all rounds of the conference playoffs.
Going into Saturday night's games, the Bullets were only two games behind the 76ers for the best record in the conference and four games behind Denver for the best record in the National Basketball Association.