Bucks point guard Beno Udrih lays on the court after injuring his left shoulder during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Udrih left the game. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Game 5 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks (2-2) @ Utah Jazz (2-3) 8 PM CT

Late Update (7:03 PM CT): Andrew Bogut (personal reasons), Mike Dunleavy (illness/groin pain), Beno Udrih (shoulder) will miss tonight’s game in Utah.
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Offensive Efficiency:

Milwaukee: 100.2 (23rd)
Utah: 98.2 (24th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Milwaukee: 95.5 (1st)
Utah: 109.0 (27th)

Pace:
Milwaukee: 95.0 (5th)
Utah: 92.8 (11th)

Projected Lineups:

Jazz: Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson
Bucks: Jennings, Jackson, Delfino, Ilyasova, Bogut

The Bucks, fresh off yesterday’s 91-86 loss to Denver, move on to Salt Lake City to face the Jazz.  Utah will be looking to win their second home game in as many nights after defeating Charlotte, 94-90.  The Jazz have won both their home games this season, while losing all three of their road dates.

For Milwaukee to win, they will need a better performance from Brandon Jennings.  He struggled against Denver’s talented point guard tandem of Ty Lawson and Andre Miller, shooting 5-for-16 from the field while netting 3 assists and 6 turnovers.  He was 1-of-6 from the field during the Bucks’ fateful final quarter.  The game marked a complete 360 from Jennings’ efficient performances earlier this season.

Mike Dunleavy is expected to play after missing last night’s game with an illness. The Bucks missed his ball movement in the loss to Denver.  He currently sits second on the team with 4.0 assists per game.

One matchup to watch is Al Jefferson against Andrew Bogut inside.  Jefferson has 43 points (combined) in his last two games, but the Bucks defense has been stout inside this season.  Despite allowing scads of shots from close range in last night’s game, Ilyasova and Bogut defended well enough to coerce misses from the Nuggets.

Another factor could be fatigue, as both teams play for the second time in two nights.  For the Jazz, only Al Jefferson topped 30 minutes last night, while three Bucks — Carlos Delfino, Stephen Jackson, and Brandon Jennings — played over 35 minutes in the altitude of Colorado.  Jennings, in particular, could see extra action as Beno Udrih left the Nuggets game with a shoulder bruise and did not return.

After tonight’s game, the Bucks will have a day off before a four-day swing through Sacramento, Los Angeles (vs. the Clippers), and Phoenix.

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