Game 4 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) @ Denver Nuggets (3-2) 8 PM CT

Offensive Efficiency:
Milwaukee: 103.2 (16th)
Denver: 104.9 (13th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Milwaukee: 95.2 (2nd)
Denver: 97.6 (7th)

Milwaukee: 95.3 (6th)
Denver: 99.6 (2nd)

Projected Lineups:

Nuggets: Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Nene, Timofey Mozgov
Bucks: Jennings, Jackson, Delfino, Ilyasova, Bogut

The Bucks head West for five games in seven nights, but they do get a break from the schedule makers.  They face a Nuggets team tonight that plays its third game in three nights tonight in Denver.  The Nuggets split a home-and-home series with the Lakers on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  

Despite catching the Nuggets at the end of a back-to-back-to-back, Milwaukee will still face a steep challenge.  Denver has an .813 winning percentage at home over the past four season.

Milwaukee will play tonight without Mike Dunleavy, who is ill, but in a quirky twist, Luc Mbah a Moute could return tonight to face the a Nuggets franchise with whom he signed a restricted free agent offer sheet less than a month ago.  Dunleavy will rejoin the team in Utah.

Milwaukee has maintained their defensive presence from a season ago, holding their opponents to 95.2 points per 100 possessions — a mark good enough for 2nd in the league.  While keeping up the pressure on D, they have also improved on offense, scoring 103.2 points per 100 possessions.  It remains to be seen if they can maintain these marks against the upper-echelon teams in the league.

The Nuggets will visit Milwaukee on January 17.


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