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Hawks Vs. Bucks Preview: Bucks Hope To Renew Playoff Push At Home

2011/2012 NBA Season


30-20 (14-13 away) 22-27 (11-11 road)
March 27, 2012
Bradley Center
7:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Jeff Teague PG Brandon Jennings
Kirk Hinrich
SG Monta Ellis
Joe Johnson SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Josh Smith PF Ekpe Udoh
Zaza Pachulia C Drew Gooden

(21st) 103.0 - OFFENSE - 105.0 (13th)
(6th) 100.7 - DEFENSE - 105.9 (20th)
(23rd) 89.8 - PACE - 93.0 (6th)

On The Hawks: Peachtree Hoops / Hoopinion / Hawks Str8Talk / Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Bucks will aim to stay relevant in the playoff race when they return to the Bradley Center to host the Hawks, who have won four straight games.

Hotlanta. The Hawks are 30-20 and will cruise into the playoffs, but they are still looking for their first five-game winning streak of the season, which they could reach tonight in Milwaukee. Since winning six in a row, the Bucks have lost three out of four.

Working Overtime. Atlanta had a much-deserved day off on Monday following a 139-133 quadruple overtime win at home over the Jazz on Sunday. That marked the first four-overtime game in the NBA since 1987. Joe Johnson led the way with 37 points in 55 minutes while Zaza Pachulia added 15 points and 20 rebounds in 54 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Bucks (and Knicks, for matter) looked a bit sedated in Monday night's 89-80 loss at MSG to the shorthanded Knicks. With playoff hopes waning, let's hope the Bucks muster requisite energy tonight. The Bucks are 1-0 in overtime this season, having defeated the Cavaliers 113-112 in overtime on Feb. 10.

Monta's Misses. While advanced stats have historically not treated Monta Ellis kindly, even his traditional stats are lacking since joining the team. Ellis has not scored 20 points in six games since joining the Bucks, after never going more than three games in a row without reaching 20 points this season prior to joining the Bucks. Things were not so bad when Milwaukee's offense was still humming along, but with Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova slowing from their torrid paces, the starting backcourt will need to assume its fair share of offensive responsibility -- like now.