Bucks-Bulls Preview

Milwaukee Bucks Status Check:
Record: 17-16
Division: 5-4
Conference: 14-8
Road Record: 7-8
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Streak: Won 1
Last game: 108-99 win over Phoenix
PPG: 96.3 (17th)
Opponents PPG: 97.3 (15th)
Offensive Rating: 102.2 (27th)
Defensive Rating: 103.3 (8th)
Pace: 93.6 (7th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .468 (25th)
Turnover Percentage: .132 (6th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .708 (28th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .279 (12th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .186 (24th)
Opp. eFG%: .479 (8th)
Opp. TO%: .150 (3rd)
Opp. FT/FGA: .218 (23rd)
Leading scorer: Monta Ellis (19.2)

Stats from Basketball-Reference

Bucks Injury Report:
None

Overview:
Chicago goes for its fourth win in a row, which would be a season-high, when they face division rival Milwaukee, who is now under coach Jim Boylan.

The Bucks and Scott Skiles parted ways on Tuesday, and later that night Boylan led Milwaukee to a win over the Suns. Brandon Jennings led the way for the Bucks, tallying 29 points and nine assists, and leading seven Milwaukee players who scored in double figures.

The Bulls and Bucks have split their first two meetings of the year, with the away team winning both contests. Carlos Boozer and Rip Hamilton both scored 22 in the first match-up, a Bulls win. Chicago shot 39 percent from the field, but grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and went 25-26 from the charity stripe. Brandon Jennings scored 23 points, but the Bucks went just 7-10 from the line.

The Bucks are 28th in defensive rebounding percentage, 24th in free throws per field goal attempt and 23rd in opponent free throws per field goal attempt.

The Bulls didn’t have the same kind of rebounding margin when the teams met in the United Center, with Chicago grabbing just one more offensive board than the Bucks (14-13). The Bulls hit five more free throws and Rip Hamilton dropped 30, but it wasn’t enough. Milwaukee’s bench scored 56 points compared to the Bulls’ bench—only Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson got playing time off the pine—scoring just ten points. This was the worst game the bench put in all year, and it has been a lot better since then. Although being better than just ten points and six rebounds is not really that hard to do.

That loos to Milwaukee put the Bulls at 6-7 and is the last time they were under .500 on the season.

Carlos Boozer has been playing extremely well the past three games. Boozington is averaging 27.3 points per game and is shooting 60 percent over the last three contests. He has recorded a double-double in all three of those games, and is pulling down 11.3 boards per game. What that means is that Joakim Noah is finally getting some help. Noah is averaging 12 points, 11.5 rebounds and four assists over the last two games (also four turnovers as well, though).

Kirk Hinrich will be a game-time decision tonight, because of an elbow cut. Kirk is averaging 8.3 points while shooting 37 percent over his last four games.

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