Game 68: Bucks/Nuggets

2009/2010 NBA Season

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47-22 (30-5 home)
vs.
36-30 (13-21 away)
March 20, 2010
Pepsi Center
8:00 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Chauncey Billups
PG Brandon Jennings
Arron Afflalo SG John Salmons
Carmelo Anthony
SF Carlos Delfino
Nene Hilario
PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Johan Petro
C Andrew Bogut

(2nd) 112.5 - OFFENSE - 104.4 (23rd)
(14th) 106.9 - DEFENSE - 102.7 (2nd)
(5th) 95.2 - PACE - 92.5 (16th)

Coverage

Denver Stiffs / Roundball Mining Company

Hot in Denver.
Merry Spring. Snow in Milwaukee to celebrate, natch. Some cool temps in Denver too.

But Denver has won eight of nine and they are a sizzling 30-5 at home this season. The Cavaliers have the best home record at 30-4, so it doesn't get much more difficult than tonight. Five losses in almost five months. The Nuggets haven't lost at home since Feb. 11 to the Spurs.

Won one.
The last time the Bucks played the Nuggets was the last time the Bucks were about as hot as they are now. Indeed, Milwaukee's win over Denver waywayback on Nov. 11 was the team's third win in a row during a stretch in which they won seven of eight.

Of course, much has changed in the last four months. The Bucks somehow won that game with Hakim Warrick and Charlie Bell starting, Jodie Meeks as the eighth man, and Gadzuric and Roko getting time.

One big reason: Brandon Jennings had perhaps his best non-55-point-game of the season in the first matchup with Denver, going for 32/9/4 on 11-19 from the field, 2-2 from outside, and 8-8 at the line. Coincidentally, he followed that game with 55. Two best games of the year right in a row, improbably enough. Although, he made a case last night for his second best night of the season.

Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups is coming off a couple of tough games in which the Nuggets won despite him shooting a combined 4-21 (.190) from the field and 0-10 (like, zero) on threes.

Free throw rate.
Free throw rate is defined as free throws attempted / field goals attempted. The Nuggets are first in the NBA (38.7) and the Bucks are last (23.9).

Also, we talked just enough about Andrew Bogut's recent, relative success at the free throw line so that he shot 1-6 last night in Sactown. The Bucks made 14-23 compared to 23-30 for the Kings.

See TheJay's number-crunching for more Milwaukee free throw madness.

Last night.
The Bobcats, Raptors, and Bulls lost last night, and Milwaukee now leads Charlotte by 2.5 games for the five spot in the East.  Which is nice, because the Bucks would be ninth and out of the playoffs in the West. At 42-28, Portland is currently the last team in.

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