Game 12 Preview: Milwaukee Bucks (4-7) @ Philadelphia 76ers (9-3) 1:00 PM CT

Bogut is back.

Andrew Bogut practiced with his teammates yesterday in Philadelphia and is slated to play today versus Philadelphia.  The Bucks haven’t won a game without him this season (0-5), so it will give them a chance to win their first road game (0-7) too.

Beno Udrih could also return to action.  The final decision will be made at game time.

Offensive Efficiency:
Milwaukee: 100.2 (22nd)
Philadelphia: 108.4 (4th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Milwaukee: 103.5 (16th)
Philadelphia: 92.2 (1st)

Pace:
Milwaukee: 92.2 (13th)
Philadelphia: 93.5 (6th)

Projected Lineups:
76ers: Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Stephen Jackson, Carlos Delfino, Jon Leuer, Andrew Bogut

Box Score Advantage: Philly Has More Scorers

The Bucks have four players who average in double figures for points.  The 76ers have seven, including three from their bench: Lou Williams (1st on team in scoring, 16.1 ppg), Thaddeus Young, (4th, 12.4 ppg), and Evan Turner (7th, 10.0 ppg).  The Bucks haven’t had a great deal of balanced scoring, but things could change for them when they begin to get back their injured players.

Matchup to Watch: Thaddeus Young vs. Ersan Ilyasova

Elton Brand is the starter for the 76ers at power forward, and he figures to face off against Jon Leuer.  But the difference maker for Philadelphia this season has been Young coming off the bench.  Re-signed to a 5-year, $43 million contract as a restricted free agent in December, Young has a ridiculous league-leading +/- mark of +144 in 324 minutes of action this season.  The Bucks will need Ersan to contribute off the bench enough to offset Young’s contributions.

Below is video of Thaddeus Young drawing four charges in a game against the Pacers last week.

Bottom Line:
Coming into the season, the three teams pegged as rising stars in the Eastern Conference were the Pacers, 76ers, and Bucks.  The first two have exceeded expectations, and the Bucks have fallen far short.  Given that they have not yet won on the road this season, a stop in Philly will not afford them much opportunity to break the slide.

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