Bucks vs. Nets: Brook Lopez Returns To Lineup For New Jersey

2011/2012 NBA Season




12-18 (5-11 away) 9-23 (3-11 home)
February 19, 2012
Barclays Arena
6:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings PG Deron Williams
Shaun Livingston SG MarShon Brooks
Carlos Delfino SF Deshawn Stevenson
Ersan Ilyasova PF Kris Humphries
Jon Leuer C Brook Lopez

(17th) 102.5 - OFFENSE - 104.2 (12th)
(21st) 104.6 - DEFENSE - 112.0 (30th)
(10th) 92.3 - PACE - 88.5 (27th)

On the Nets: NetsDaily / Nets Are Scorching / NJ.com

The Bucks have not lost to the Nets since Feb. 3, 2009 -- more than three years ago. Now they visit the Garden State in hopes of ending a four-game losing streak that has left them 2.5 games behind the Knicks for the final playoff spot and tied with the Cavaliers for ninth in the East. The Nets are coming off a win over the Bulls in Chicago which ended an eight-game losing streak, and Brook Lopez is set to make his season debut.

Eight Straight. Milwaukee has won eight in a row against New Jersey.

Brook-in. Brook Lopez will make his season debut after breaking his right foot during the abbreviated preseason. Lopez averaged 20.1 points (but just 6.0 rebounds) to lead the Nets in scoring last year. In Milwaukee's only visit to New Jersey last season, the Bucks held Lopez to five points in a dominant 115-92 win. Andrew Bogut was out with the flu that game, and Ersan Ilyasova played like he has been playing lately, dropping 22 points and 13 rebounds. Drew Gooden (wrist/knee) is unlikely to play, so the Bucks will use a completely unpredictable combination of their forwards to defend Lopez and company.

Brook-lyn. In their final season before moving to Brooklyn, the New Jersey Nets have thus far been better on the road (6-12) than at home (3-11).

Speaking of that, the Nets just won yesterday in Chicago, where the Bulls had lost just once entering the game. Derrick Rose did not play, and that is hardly a footnote, but the Bulls were 7-2 without Rose this season before dropping the game to the Nets -- and they were undefeated at home without Rose.

The win over the Bulls snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Nets.

Over the Humph. Virtually no one's favorite player, Kris Humphries was the star of the night against Chicago, going for 24 points (10-15 FG), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks in 45 minutes. That came after one of his best games of the year in a loss to Indiana, when he added 24 points (11-14 FG), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks in 38 minutes. This marks the first time that Kris has scored 20+ points in consecutive games.

Nothing But Net. The Nets are the worst defensive team in the NBA. The Bucks are the tenth worst defensive team in the NBA.

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