The Bucks attempt for a best for the year 3rd straight home court win when they encounter the Pistons on Saturday evening. After defeats at the Clippers & Phoenix, beat-up Milwaukee ( 19 - 29 ) dropped a game 100 - 94 at Oracle Arena vs. the Warriors on Thursday evening due in part to a sloppy energy on defense.
Playing not having starting C Andrew Bogut for the 2nd straight matchup, the Bucks went 6 of 23 from beyond the arc & completed their trip throwing up 25.0 % from 3 point range. Bogut, putting in 13.4 points & a team-high 11.7 boards, injured his knee during the final period of Monday's 105 - 98 defeat to the Clippers & his standing for this contest is not known. The Bucks have dropped 6 of 9 this year with Bogut on the bench.
Ersan Ilyasova carried on his outstanding performance of as of late with twenty-three points & thirteen boards Thursday. Ilyasova is putting in 18.4 points, 8.5 more than his year mark, during his previous 5 matchups.
Brandon Jennings, However, had been kept to 2 points on 1 of 6 from the floor in his 4th game back since skipping nineteen having a broken foot. Jennings, who has been leading the club with 16.2 points per game, has put in only 5.5 on 25.0 % from the floor since his come back.
He put in 21.0 points in 2 home court games against the Pistons the previous year & posted 25 during a 103 - 89 defeat on the road November 26th. Milwaukee had dropped 5 of 6 home court matchups with Detroit prior to splitting the previous 2.
The Pistons ( 18 - 32 ), at the same time, stopped a 4 game losing stretch having a 92 - 82 win against New Jersey on Friday evening in spite of the absence of Rodney Stuckey.
Tayshaun Prince put in 22 points while first-year Greg Monroe had a personal best 20 on 10 of 14 from the floor with eleven boards. Monroe, who had been put into the starting 5 January 12th, has posted double-figure points within 12 of his previous sixteen games.
Stuckey, putting in a team best 15.3 Points per game, skipped his 4th straight game since enduring a right shoulder contusion within a 109 - 100 defeat January 26th against the Nuggets. He's put in 17.0 points during his previous 4 matchups against the Bucks however his standing for this one has yet to be decided.
Richard Hamilton, who had been sat on the bench the previous month & has not participated since January 10th, had been left off the active personnel Friday in what Kuester called an internal choice.
The Pistons are putting in 89.6 points during their previous 9 matchups & might have issue scoring versus a Bucks club permitting 90.4 Points per game on their home court, 3rd fewest within the NBA.
Milwaukee picked up their previous 2 home court matchups versus the Hawks & New Jersey, permitting a average of 85.5 points.