Bucks-Bulls Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check:
Record: 10-12
Division: 2-2
Conference: 6-5
Home Record: 7-2
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Streak: Lost 1
Last game: 88-80 loss to Detroit
PPG: 94.1 (16th)
Opponents PPG: 94.4 (14th)
Offensive Rating: 101.9 (19th)
Defensive Rating: 102.2 (15th)
Pace: 92.3 (14th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .471 (21st)
Turnover Percentage: .139 (10th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .711 (26th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .266 (13th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .188 (23rd)
Opp. eFG%: .476 (12th)
Opp. TO%:  .159 (4th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .244 (27th)
Leading scorer: Brandon Jennings (20.5)

Stats from Basketball-Reference

Bucks Injury Report:
Andrew Bogut: broken left ankle

In what is undoubtedly the biggest game in any sport this weekend, the East-leading Bulls head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks.

The question is which Bucks team will show up. Will it be the one that has beaten the Miami Heat twice this season, or will it be the team that lost to Detroit last night.

On Wednesday Brandon Jennings scored 31 points (7-14 from three) and added eight assists and four steals to help lead Milwaukee past the Heat. Milwaukee finished that game on a 17-1 run.

But their next time out they lost to the Pistons. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points (7-19 from the field, 3-10 from three) with one assist and three turnovers. The rest of the team went 0-7 from three to finish 3-17 (17.6 percent) from behind the arc. Jennings and Shaun Livingston (14 points) were the only Bucks in double figures.

Rookie point guard Brandon Knight scored 26 points and added seven assists to lead the Pistons. As a team, the Bucks shot 35.1 percent and only recorded 10 assists. Not quite the game you would expect from a team that has already beaten Miami twice. And their coach wasn’t happy about it.

“We were terrible in every aspect of the game,” Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. “Our effort was horrible — as bad as I’ve seen since I’ve been here — and our execution was very poor on both ends of the floor. We’ve played two good quarters out of the last eight. The other six have been pitiful.”

Tonight will be a back-to-back for Milwaukee and also the third game in four nights. The Bucks were 10-14 last season with no rest and are 2-5 so far this season.

Chicago beat the Bucks just a little more than a week ago.  Rose scored 18 in the second half of that game, to drop a game high 34. The Bulls’ bigs had great games. Carlos Boozer went for 20 and 13, while Noah had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

As good as some of the Bulls were, Ronnie Brewer had a really bad game. He went 2-13 from the field for eight points. But since the Bulls grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, they got some of those shots back.

Ex-Bull Drew Gooden scored 23 points (10-10 from the line) and added 15 rebounds, to prove that the journey-man still has some solid games left in him.

The Bulls let rookie Jon Leuer score 19 points (9-11)…all in the second half. Leuer played 20 minutes against Chicago. He has played 24 minutes in the four games since. He averaged two points in those games.

That Milwaukee game was Chicago’s last home game. They don’t return to the United Center until Valentine’s Day.

Milwaukee feels right at home in their Bradley Center. The Bucks are 7-2 at home, allowing 93.6 points, while scoring 100.3. When they are away, Milwaukee is averaging 90.6 points and giving up 95.5.

The Bulls are 10-5 away, giving up 93.4 points per game.

Your daily Luol Deng injury update: Deng is a game-time decision tonight. Deng said before shootaround: “I might [play], I might. See how we feel. I’m going to go through shootaround and then go out there, warm up, and see how it feels.”

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