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Game 43: Bucks/Mavericks

2009/2010 NBA Season


29-15 (13-7 road)
18-24 (5-17 away)
January 26, 2010
American Airlines Center
7:30 PM
Radio: WTMJ AM 620 TV: FSN-Wisconsin HD
Probable starters:
Jason Kidd
PG Brandon Jennings
Jason Terry
SG Charlie Bell
Shawn Marion
SF Carlos Delfino
Dirk Nowitzki
PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Drew Gooden
C Andrew Bogut

(13th) 107.8 - OFFENSE - 103.5 (24th)
(9th) 104.5 - DEFENSE - 104.1 (7th)
(19th) 91.9 - PACE - 93.7 (9th)


Mavs Moneyball / Dallas Basketball / The Two Man Game

Smaller in Texas. The Mavericks are one of just three NBA teams with a better road record (16-8) than home record (13-7). The Celtics and Sixers are the others better away than at home thus far.

Not for lack of support. For the season, fans have filled American Airlines Center at an NBA-leading 103.9 % capacity. 103.9 would seem to be a pretty good percentage.

And none. The Bucks and Mavericks rank 28th and 29th respectively in And1% (And1's / FGA).

Rematch. Dirk Nowitzki bounced in a game-winner in overtime in one of the most fun games of Milwaukee's season to date.

Down by 18 midway through the third quarter, the Bucks stormed all the way back and took a late lead thanks to the shooting exploits of Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings. But Young Buck missed a three at the buzzer in regulation. And he missed another three with a couple seconds to go in overtime. That left just enough time for Dirk.

Blowouts. Both teams are coming off their biggest wins of the season. You know Milwaukee's story, a 33-point win.

Dallas won its last game by 50 points. 128-78, and that was sans Jason Kidd (who is probable tonight) and Erick Dampier (also probable). And while the Knicks were awful when they came to the BC a few months ago, they were 14-11 since the start of December prior to getting bounced by the Mavs.

Fifty. In the Mavericks' previous eight wins they had combined to outscore their opponents by 46 points.

Lone Superstar. Four different Bucks have led the team in scoring in the past four games: Brandon Jennings (@Houston), Andrew Bogut (Toronto), Luke Ridnour (@Toronto), and Carlos Delfino (Minnesota).

And just this month, three others also led Milwaukee in scoring: Ersan Ilyasova (@Portland), Hakim Warrick (@LA, @Phoenix), and Michael Redd (Oklahome City). Very balanced efforts resulting an even 6-6 record this month.

Sidenote: Since losing Mike Redd to injury in Los Angeles, the Bucks are averaging 106.4 points per game.

Dallas is on the other end of the scoring spectrum, led by superstar Dirk Nowitzki just about every night. Nowitzki has led the Mavericks in scoring in 11 of 12 games this month and 33 of 44 games overall.

'Drew. Bogut is straight ballin' this month aside from struggles in Los Angeles and Phoenix. In his last four, Bogut is averaging 20.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks.