While preparing for today's game in Milwaukee against the Bucks in the McDonald's Open, the members of the Soviet national basketball team had come upon names like Paul Mokeski and Randy Breuer. But no one had told them about Glenn Close.

After their practice Thursday, the Soviets decided to take in the movie "Fatal Attraction," which stars actress Glenn Close. Even with an interpreter filtering the action, the film left the team, according to an NBA spokesman, "glued to the edge of their seats."

Many suspect that the squad's first effort against an NBA team will find the Soviets glued to the floor -- watching the Americans race up and down the floor for basket after basket. In the first game of the round-robin tournament, sponsored by the fast food chain, the NBA and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the Bucks defeated Intercontinental Cup champion Tracer Milan of Italy, 123-111, despite 37 points for the Italian team from three-time NBA scoring leader Bob McAdoo.

Yesterday, Aleksandr Volkov scored 28 points and Sharunas Marchulenis had 24 as the Soviet National team routed Tracer Milan, 135-108. McAdoo had another good game, leading the Italian team was 41 points.

Volkov was hampered by four first-quarter fouls but scored 22 points in the final three periods, including several dunks. Marchulenis had 14 of his points in the last quarter. Vladas Khomichus scored 23 points for the Soviets.

"All things considered, an NBA team should win eight or nine out of 10 games," Milwaukee Coach Del Harris said of the Bucks-Soviets matchup.

"The other teams will give a good accounting of themselves," said Dan Peterson, a former coach in the United States and, until this year, the coach of Tracer Milan. "The Bucks will have a slight motivation problem but there's no question the Bucks will be the best team."

The tournament will offer $100,000 in prize money: $50,000 to the winners, $30,000 to the second place team and $20,000 to the third. Milwaukee already has announced that it will give its proceeds to charity. Perhaps another lack of incentive for the Bucks comes from the fact that the tournament occurs in the middle of the team's training camp. Tracer Milan is taking time off from its regular season to make the trip here.

Although a group of Soviet players practiced and scrimmaged with some of the Atlanta Hawks earlier this summer, today's game against the Italians was the Soviets' first action as a team since August, when they toured Australia and New Zealand. The team did practice together for 10 days before leaving for the United States.

"I don't know much about the Milwaukee Bucks team but I looked at a VCR and saw their team from last year," Soviet Coach Aleksandr Gomelsky said at a news conference here Thursday. "{Jack} Sikma, {Paul} Pressey, {Sidney} Moncrief and {Terry} Cummings are nice players. They'll be the best team we've played . . . I hope we can make it a game."

The Soviets' top player, 7-foot-2 center Arvidas Sabonis, is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury and did not make the trip. The contingent does include Sergei Tarakanov and Aleksandr Belosteni, both 1980 Olympians, and Volkov and Valeri Tikhonenko, 6-9 forwards who were drafted by the Hawks in 1986.

Tracer was led into the tournament by McAdoo and former Hawk and Golden State Warrior Rickey Brown, who yesterday scored 32 points against the Soviets. Another former NBA player, guard Mike D'Antoni, played for the Italian team.

The Milwaukee team that Gomelsky saw on tape isn't the same one the Soviets will face Sunday. Coach Don Nelson has departed for the Warriors, with Harris taking over. Moncrief is out of action following knee surgery. Guards John Lucas, Craig Hodges and NBA sixth man of the year Ricky Pierce are all out because of contract disputes.

The tournament's rules are a hybrid of those used in the NBA and FIBA-sanctioned international events. For example, the NBA's four 12-minute quarters and 24-second clock will be used but the court will include the international trapezium lane, which angles from 12 feet in width at the foul line to 19-8 inches at the base line.

The three-point circle will be set at 22 feet -- shorter than the NBA's 23-9 but longer than FIBA's 19-9. Each game will be officiated by one NBA and one international referee. The tournament is expected to be seen in five continents and more than 20 countries worldwide.

The Bucks were chosen to represent the NBA because of the franchise's history of success and the fact that the league wanted the first of what it hopes will be an annual event to be set in a smaller city. Also, some NBA sources readily admit that both foreign teams initially balked at the thought of facing either a team of all-stars or such powerhouses as the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics.

Even so, goodwill only goes so far, as was evidenced by NBA Commissioner David Stern last spring when he announced that the tournament would happen.

"This is not a grudge match," he said. "We would like nice, friendly games . . . that we win."