Game 13 Preview: Denver Nuggets (8-5) @ Milwaukee Bucks (4-8) 7:00 PM CT

The Bucks come home after another winless road trip.  After dropping a pair to Dallas and Philadelphia, the Bucks come home to the Bradley Center to face Denver.  Milwaukee will be looking to stay undefeated at home (4-0) against a team that gave them fits two weeks ago.

For Denver, tonight’s game is their first road game of the season against an Eastern Conference opponent.

Offensive Efficiency:  
Denver: 104.1 (2nd)
Milwaukee: 99.7 (24th)

Defensive Efficiency:
Denver: 102.2 (13th)
Milwaukee: 103.8 (20th)

Pace:
Denver: 96.6 (1st)
Milwaukee: 91.9 (16th)

Projected Lineups:
Nuggets: Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Nene, Timofey Mozgov
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Stephen Jackson, Carlos Delfino, Jon Leuer, Andrew Bogut

Box Score Advantage: Denver Turns Speed Into Points

Denver is second in the league in offensive efficiency, largely due to their fast break.  Ty Lawson is a fast, fast man.  His relentless uptempo push has the Nuggets holding the league’s top mark for pace (96.6 possessions per game).

Matchup to Watch: Stephen Jackson vs. Danilo Gallinari

When Stephen Jackson said that he was happy in Milwaukee before the season, he wasn’t kidding.  At home, Jackson is averaging 20.5 points per game on 48% FG shooting.  On the road, it’s a much uglier 11.8 points per game on 32% FG shooting.  The Bucks need home Stephen Jackson to show up tonight.

Two weeks ago, Danilo Gallinari carved up the Bucks to the tune of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists.  To this point, it remains Gallinari’s only double-digit rebound game this season.  No team should lose a game because Gallinari killed them on the boards.

Bottom Line:

It’s a home game, and the Bucks need to win it to preserve not only their own self-image, but that of the Bradley Center fans.  If they want do have a semblance of a home crowd advantage, then they need to hold serve on their own court before their win-loss record sours, so that their fans will keep coming out to support them.

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