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Brandon Jennings (who has experienced moderate success against Golden State in the past) and the Bucks try to salvage the west coast road trip by season-sweeping the Warriors.
FT. Andris Biedrins and free throws are an absurd combination. And this comes from someone who writes about a team whose best player (Andrew Bogut) has airballed multiple free throws and is shooting 41.2 % at the line.
Biedrins shot 16.0 % at the line last season. He made 9 free throws in 38 games.
This season his accuracy is just way, way up. After making three straight, the Latvian is shooting 36.0 % from the line.
Same differents. The 20-27 Warriors are the Western Conference team whose record is the closest to the 19-28 Bucks.
Ellis Hisland. Monta Ellis ranks sixth in the NBA scoring 25.2 points per game, and he's doing it rather efficiently, shooting 45.9 % from the field while hitting a career-high 36.5 % on threes and making a career-best 4.7 free throws per game. Not only that, he is also setting career-highs in assists (5.6) and steals (2.3). Pretty ideal stuff from your two-guard. He's also the trick shot champ.
Last visit. Last time the Bucks visited the Bay Area, they escaped with a 113-104 win during which the Warriors ran out of players, to the extent that Stephen Curry picked up his sixth foul, fouled out, and was allowed to stay in the game because Golden State literally had no one to sub in for him.
Thieves in the night. The Warriors tie for the NBA lead (with the Grizzlies) averaging 9.1 steals per game.
Going for 80. The Bucks scored 77 points last night, and that was pretty fun. It also would have been enough to beat the Warriors the first time they matched up this season. In a low-scoring season, the first matchup between these teams at the Bradley Center, a 79-72 result in Milwaukee's favor, stands as the lowest-scoring game for the Bucks this season.
Long jumpers. Opposing teams attempt the fewest shots from 16-23 against the Warriors, just 16.8 -- and opposing make the highest percentage of shots from that range,43.1 %.
Brandon's state of mind (and birth). In three career games against the Warriors, Brandon Jennings is averaging 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.7 blocks while shooting 49.3 % from the field, 66.7 % on threes, and 86.4 % from the stripe.
Former friends. They were both getting some run off the bench early on this season, but Charlie Bell has played four seconds in 2011 and Dan Gadzuric has scored four points (along with six fouls) in the last two weeks.
Slow starters. The Bucks were plagued by slow starts in each of their first two games on the west coast trip, but the Warriors are the third worst team in first quarters this season, with a -2.3 first quarter per game differential.