The Bucks have not achieved many good results the previous 2 weeks versus top NBA competitors. A game with the Nets might create a different outcome.
Milwaukee are trying for their 6th straight win against New Jersey on Saturday evening when the Nets attempts to achieve some consistency prior to going west.
With wins versus the Magic, the Lakers & 2 against the Mavs since December 4th, the Bucks ( 13 - 21 ) have shown that them can play with the NBA's best clubs. Milwaukee, though, have lost 5 of 6, losing to the Hawks, the Bulls, Orlando & two times to the Heat within that span after Friday's 101 - 95 extra time defeat to Miami.
Coach Scott Skiles' club previous lost 4 consecutive within a 5 game slide from November 16th to 26th.
The Bucks, which are among the NBA best in scoring defense at 93.1 per game, might do better versus New Jersey ( 10 - 26 ), who're returning from 1 of their worst offensive efforts of the year in Friday's 97 - 77 defeat at Washington.
The Nets missed 12 of their 1st 13 shots & had been losing by 17 after twelve minutes. Sasha Vujacic missed 13 of 14 from the floor and Devin Harris was 1 for 7 with 4 points in New Jersey's 3rd worst shooting performance of the year at 34.6 %.
While New Jersey have picked up 3 of 4 on their home court following dropping 8 of 10 at Prudential Center, Milwaukee have owned this matchup within the Garden State, winning their previous 3 there by an average of 23.7 points.
An additional large performance from ex- Net Chris Douglas - Roberts & Andrew Bogut might produce another Milwaukee win.
Douglas - Roberts, signed from New Jersey within the summer for a 2nd round pick, put in a high for the year thirty points on Friday, 1 off his personal best, however bricked 2 from the stripe having 26 seconds remaining in regulation with Milwaukee down by 2.
Bogut put in 20.3 & 8.3 during 3 contests versus the Nets in 2009 - 2010, when Milwaukee won all 4 games to sweep the season series for the 1st occasion since 2000 - 2001.
While Milwaukee have played the previous 9 contests not having hurt starting PG Brandon Jennings, New Jersey might be not having Harris after he strained his right quad within the 2nd quarter Friday & played only twenty minutes.
The Bucks lost 11 of 13 to the Nets before their present winning run in this matchup.