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Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Houston Rockets into Town

April 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Samuel Dalembert (21) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Milwaukee Bucks played the Houston Rockets, Samuel Dalembert and Carlos Delfino were on opposite sides. Or would that be the opposite opposite sides?

In that game from January a year ago, Dalembert stepped on Andrew Bogut’s foot, triggering an overhaul for the Bucks roster than brought in Dalembert, but also afforded Larry Sanders the opportunity to shine.

Dalembert hasn’t played meaningful minutes in months and probably wishes he hadn’t gotten sent to Milwaukee in an offseason trade.

In their offseason, the Rockets pursued Dwight Howard, but ultimately ended up acquiring the charismatic backcourt of James Harden and Jeremy Lin, as well as less flashy (but very effective) big man Omer Asik.

The Rockets lead the NBA in scoring with 105.8 points per game.  They also play at the league’s fastest pace, a blistering 96.9 possessions per 48 minutes.

Backhanded Compliment:

“Milwaukee is a great place. There’s not too much going on here, so you can focus on your job.”   — John Henson

Projected Lineups:

Rockets: Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Marcus Morris, Omer Asik.
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Marquis Daniels, Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders

Injury Status:

Beno Udrih (sprained ankle): out

Some stats:

A quick peek at the numbers reveals that the Rockets (18-14) have much better Four Factor stats than the Bucks (16-14). This fact presumable has something to do with the fact that one plays in the Western Conference and one plays in the Eastern Conference.

For the Rockets, tonight’s game is the first of a stretch where they play nine of 11 games on the road.

For the Bucks, Monta Ellis, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Beno Udrih were held out of practice Thursday, but only Udrih is expected to miss the game.

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team SRS ORtg DRtg Pace eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
7 Houston Rockets 3.55 108.1 105.7 96.9 .514 14.6 24.9 .237 .508 13.5 75.8 .173
17 Milwaukee Bucks -1.00 102.2 102.7 93.5 .468 13.1 27.4 .188 .477 15.1 71.4 .223
League Average 0.00 105.2 105.2 91.8 .490 13.7 26.9 .206 .490 13.7 73.1 .206
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2013.

Topics: Beno Udrih, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Samuel Dalembert

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