Bucks (19-22, 8-15 road) @ Kings (10-30, 7-13 home)
Gametime: 9:05 p.m. central time (FS Wisconsin)
|Luke Ridnour||PG||Beno Udrih
|Michael Redd||SG||Kevin Martin
|Richard Jefferson||SF||John Salmons|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||PF||Jason Thompson|
|Dan Gadzuric||C||Brad Miller|
Bucks: Andrew Bogut (back spasms) is out and Malik Allen (ribs/back) is day-to-day.
Dec. 10: @Kings 96 Bucks 93
Dec. 19: Kings 102 @Bucks 89
08/09 Advanced Stats:
Bucks Offense: 20th (105.9 points/100 possessions) Defense: 8th (105.3) Pace: 15th (91.3)
Kings Offense: 26th (103.3 points/100 possessions) Defense: 29th (112.7) Pace: 8th (93.3)
- A good time for a win. OKC was long ago designated as the league's laughingstock, and the Wizards are the East's least. The Clippers have been clipped a dozen times in a row and counting, and they look up at Sactown not only on the California map, but also in the Pacific Division. All of that is true, but keep in mind that tonight's opponent, the Sacramento Kings, have the worst point differential (-8.8 per game) in all of the NBA. As such, despondence is in order if the Bucks miss on this one.
- Miller Time. Here's the center situation: Andrew Bogut is out for Milwaukee, but is here to stay, and Brad Miller is very much in for Sacramento tonight, but might be soon on his way out. Follow? The subject of plentiful trade rumors, the Purdue product via Fort Wayne basketballed his way to 30 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in the club's 135-133 triple-overtime win against the Warriors on a wondrous Woden's Day. The six turnovers weren't much to cling to for one of the better passing centers in a long while, but 9-9 from the line is quite a feat in such a tight game. Quite a feat for anyone, and I'm writing about a seven-footer going on 33 wearing and tearing years. Here's to hoping for a Bogut 30/22 line sometime in 2016. And to lead his team in three-point shooting accuracy (you know, like Brad) while he's at the job.
- Calling for backup. Kevin Martin is one of my favorite players in the league, and he scored 45 points off the bench a couple weeks ago. He's not actually a reserve though. Quincy Douby, also one of my personal favorites, is a reserve. However, Douby's part of a bench that isn't as strong as it might seem. The Kings' bench hits for 33.8 points per game sixth in the NBA. But they have been outscored by 610 points this year, easily the league's worst total. Meanwhile, the Bucks, third in the NBA in bench scoring at 34.3 points per game, got a huge game from Joe Alexander off the bench in the 102-99 loss to the Heat on Wednesday, but not much from anyone else.