Jan 8, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O

Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Quenching a Drought

The last time the Bucks won a game in Phoenix, Steve Nash had been a teenager for exactly two weeks.

Oh wait, Steve Nash isn’t on the Suns any more.

After getting blistered in LA on Tuesday, the Bucks look to end a Phoenix winning drought that has endured for over 25 years. And for the first time in recent memory, the opposing point guard won’t be Steve Nash, who had a hand in the Lakers’ win two days ago.

So perhaps this game represents the Bucks’ best hope of winning in Phoenix in over a decade.  They will face a Suns squad based around Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, and Marcin Gortat that dropped a game in Milwaukee earlier this month.

Projected Lineups:

Suns: Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, PJ Tucker, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders

Injuries: Jared Dudley (wrist, probable), Jermaine O’Neal (back spasms, questionable) and Goran Dragic (ankle sprain, probable) all likely playing tonight.

Some Numbers

The Suns give up a lot of points.  Scola, for example, isn’t much of an interior defender despite his offensive prowess.  It should be noted though that Monta Ellis had a fair bit of trouble in the first meeting with Gortat.  Every time Ellis drove the lane, Gortat was there altering his shot, or forcing Ellis into some rather ugly jump passes.

The Bucks have a clear advantage in a lot of areas, but it’s likely that the deciding factor in the game will be whether or not Milwaukee’s inefficient offense can make shots on Phoenix’s inefficient defense.  Subpar showdown, rejoice!

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team SRS ORtg DRtg Pace eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
17 Milwaukee Bucks -1.45 102.3 103.6 93.6 .468 13.1 28.1 .186 .479 14.7 70.7 .213
25 Phoenix Suns -4.11 103.1 107.9 91.8 .481 13.1 26.6 .170 .507 13.8 71.2 .201
League Average 0.00 105.4 105.4 91.7 .491 13.7 27.0 .205 .491 13.7 73.0 .205
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/17/2013.

Another number

Mad, mad ants

Doron Lamb made 4-of-14 shots in his D-League debut with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants.  He missed all three three-point shots that he took in 27 minutes off the bench.

The Mad Ants beat the Los Angeles D-Fenders, 104-102.

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