|Last 5 Games||1-4||-5.1||1-4||1-4||93.4||49.8||42.2%||52.0||99.6||45.6||45.0%||55.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.9||50.2||38-88||43.6%||7-20||35.7%||15-21||73.8%||52||13||23||19||8||14||7|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.6||49.1||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.6||49.8||37-87||43.2%||7-21||35.0%||15-20||72.5%||52||12||22||19||8||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.3||49.8||38-85||45.4%||7-19||35.1%||17-22||76.2%||54||12||23||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.3||49||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||99.7||49.5||38-86||45.0%||6-19||34.2%||16-21||75.9%||56||13||23||19||8||16||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-2.7||2-3||2-3||99.0||47.2||47.5%||45.8||98.0||50.2||47.0%||49.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97.9||48.8||38-81||46.5%||9-23||37.6%||14-20||71.3%||48||9||25||18||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.9||49.3||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||99.2||49.6||38-81||47.0%||9-24||37.5%||14-21||69.4%||49||9||25||18||8||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.3||49.6||37-83||45.0%||7-20||37.7%||15-20||76.3%||51||11||22||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.4||49.1||37-82||45.0%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.8||48.3||38-85||44.8%||7-20||37.3%||15-19||77.4%||51||12||22||20||8||14||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MILWAUKEE 95.3, ATLANTA 95.1|
|3/6/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||101-117||L||10||L||206.5||O||38-79||48.1%||38||13||47-87||54.0%||49||10|
|3/9/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-93||W||2.5||W||210.5||U||38-78||48.7%||45||15||37-82||45.1%||52||17|
|4/5/2013||@ NEW YORK||83-101||L||7||L||202||U||29-76||38.2%||47||13||41-89||46.1%||54||9|
|4/12/2013||@ ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/3/2013||@ LA LAKERS||98-99||L||5.5||W||205.5||U||41-82||50.0%||45||14||38-78||48.7%||48||21|
|4/6/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||97-99||L||10.5||W||192.5||O||35-83||42.2%||45||12||36-80||45.0%||55||15|
|4/12/2013||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MILWAUKEE: GUARDS: BRANDON JENNINGS benefitted from the arrival of Monta Ellis last year. He has the offense and system to thrive, and now needs to prove he can be efficient enough to be a star . . . MONTA ELLIS played second fiddle to Jennings last year, and really struggled to shoot the ball. The Bucks now play the kind of tempo he likes, but he'll have to adjust to playing off the ball more often . . . BENO UDRIH won't see a ton of action off the bench considering Jennings and Ellis play so many minutes. If a starter gets hurt, he could step in and hit a lot of threes . . . Second-rounder DORON LAMB has some upside as a future sixth man, but figures to ride the bench this year once his torn elbow ligament heals. FORWARDS: ERSAN ILYASOVA should finally get some respect from Skiles after starring down the stretch last year . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY re-emerged as a legitimate three-point threat, though he doesn't do much else . . . DREW GOODEN's role should shrink with Ilyasova stepping up and Sam Dalembert coming in . . . LUC RICHARD MBAH a MOUTE is coming off knee surgery, but he's improving as a rebounder and can play both forward spots off the bench . . . Rookie JOHN HENSON is a defensive stud and does enough as a screener to get decent minutes early . . . TOBIAS HARRIS was a Summer League star, but he's too much of a 'tweener to thrive in the NBA . . . EKPE UDOH provides defense and rebounding off the bench . . . LARRY SANDERS has potential, but this frontcourt is too crowded for him to make an impact. CENTERS: SAM DALEMBERT fell in and out of favor in Houston, but he's exactly what the Bucksneed as a defensive presence in the paint. Milwaukee has numerous players who can man the five in spots (Ekpe Udoh, Drew Gooden), but Dalembert is by far their best defensive option and should see big minutes . . . JOEL PRZYBILLA signed on in August to provide back-end depth on the pine.|
|ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bucks-Hawks Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Milwaukee (37-41) at Atlanta (43-36), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Hawks are back in the win column. The Milwaukee Bucks would like to follow suit, but injuries to Brandon Jennings and Larry Sanders could make that a challenge Friday night.
Atlanta goes for its first sweep of this series in 16 seasons as the depleted Bucks try to end a seven-game road losing streak.
Avoiding a season high-tying fourth consecutive defeat, the Hawks (43-36) shot 53.8 percent from the field in a 124-101 victory at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Atlanta did so despite missing 11 of its first 14 field-goal attempts.
"Getting into a rhythm is very important," said guard Kyle Korver, who has the fourth-longest streak in NBA history with at least one 3-pointer at 71 consecutive games. "We got off to a bit of a slow start, but we were able to turn it up. We had good ball movement and got things going on all cylinders."
The Hawks haven't enjoyed quick starts in the three meetings with Milwaukee this season, totaling 61 points in the first quarter, but they finished on top each time. Atlanta, a 98-90 winner in the Bucks' lone visit to Philips Arena on March 20, last swept Milwaukee in 1996-97.
Another victory would allow the Hawks to avoid their first three-game skid at home since Feb. 2-6, 2012, as well as apply pressure on Chicago, which they're battling for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks (37-41) have clinched their first playoff spot since 2009-10, but they're also facing a likely first-round matchup with league-best Miami if they can't turn things around quickly and make a run at seventh-place Boston.
Milwaukee, loser of 12 of 17, could be without Jennings and Sanders on Friday after they were injured in a 113-103 overtime loss at Orlando on Wednesday.
Jennings didn't return after leaving in the first half with a sore left Achilles', while Sanders missed the second half after taking a hard fall and hurting his back.
Sanders leads the Bucks with 15.3 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks against the Hawks in 2012-13.
Jennings has shot just 36.4 percent in the season series, though he had 13 assists in a 104-99 defeat March 24 and 21 points March 20.
"We've still got some games left this season," coach Jim Boylan said. "We're still going to keep at it."
If Sanders can't go and fellow big man Ersan Ilyasova is slowed after missing Wednesday's game with an illness, rookie forward John Henson could get plenty of time after a huge performance Wednesday. Playing a career-high 41-plus minutes with Sanders hurt, Henson came off the bench to record 17 points, 25 rebounds and seven blocks.
Milwaukee may need another such effort down low with Hawks star Josh Smith coming off a big game. The forward had 28 points and 12 rebounds while going 11 of 18 from the floor against the 76ers.
Plus, teammate Al Horford has averaged 24.3 points and 11.0 rebounds versus the Bucks this season.
Hawks rookies John Jenkins and Mike Scott could also play big roles off the bench. Jenkins has 44 points and 10 assists in the last two games after missing four with a concussion, while Scott has totaled 39 points and 14 boards in those contests.
Atlanta has won three straight and nine of 10 at home in this series.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 9:55:58 PM EST|