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Game Thread: Kings/Bucks

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10-33 (3-18 road)
21-25 (12-7 home)
January 24, 2009 - 7:30PM CT
Bradley Center
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: No Local (Free LP Preview)

Probable starters:

Beno Udrih
PG Luke Ridnour
Kevin Martin
SG Mike Redd
John Salmons
SF Richard Jefferson
Jason Thompson
PF Charlie Villanueva
Brad Miller
C Dan Gadzuric
103.7 (26th)
Off 106.7 (17th)
113.3 (29th)
Def 106.5 (13th)
93.6 (8th)
Pace 91.4 (13th)
25.1% (24th)
OReb 29.3% (5th)
70.6% (27th)
DReb 74.5% (9th

08/09 Series:

Jan 16: Bucks 129 @Kings 122

Injuries

Bucks: Andrew Bogut is out with back spasms. Charlie Bell is day-to-day with lingering ankle soreness.

Kings: None.

  • We're (not) going streaking! The Bucks haven't won two games in a row in a month, and after the drubbing they took last night there's no threat of changing that tonight. They take on a Kings team they beat just eight days ago in Sacramento, though it was far closer in the final minutes than the Bucks would have preferred. The Kings also bring their own strange streak into the game: they've lost all 16 of their games against Eastern Conferences foes this year. The Bucks are 8-10 against the West.
  • VNuv. Charlie's having the best month of his career and it couldn't come at a better time, what with Andrew Bogut out until at least Monday. In just 28.0 mpg, Villanueva's putting up 19.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg on .519/..479/.804 shooting, pushing his season PER up to a team-leading 19.54.
  • Defensive no more. While the Bucks offense have seen their offensive efficiency climb in the past month, it's not come without a price--namely, on the defensive end. It makes sense given that Gadzuric hasn't come close to providing Bogut's rebounding/defensive presence, but it's also a natural extension of Villanueva taking more of the minutes that had been going to Luc Mbah a Moute. For better or worse, the Bucks right now are a scoring team.

Links

Bucks.com / Ted Davis Audio Preview / Sactown Royalty