Hawks at Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks look to build upon a winning road trip when they return home to host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. A 111-104 victory at Orlando on Saturday gave the Bucks a 3-1 trip, as well as an 8-2 record since Joe Prunty took over as head coach.
"This was a mental toughness win tonight," Prunty told reporters after his team improved to an NBA-best 9-3 on the second night of a back-to-back."Effort was there from the beginning. It doesn't matter what happened in the previous game. This is the game you focus on. We come into each game that way." All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and was part of a starting five for Milwaukee that shot 58.6 percent from the floor. The Hawks are in last place in the Eastern Conference but have won a respectable eight of their last 17 games, including a 118-115 triumph over Detroit on Sunday. Dewayne Dedmon had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Atlanta produced its best offensive showing since Nov. 15.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
ABOUT THE HAWKS (18-39): Coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters he would stick with Dedmon as the starting center after the USC product had come off the bench in 16 of his previous 17 games. "Just trying to be aggressive, trying to change the game and do what I do," Dedmon told reporters of his approach after recording his seventh double-double. Dedmon is shooting 60.2 percent from the floor as a starter and he has made at least one 3-pointer in eight straight games overall.
ABOUT THE BUCKS (31-24): Eric Bledsoe ended January in a slump and then missed the first game of this month due to an ankle injury, but is heating up as the All-Star break approaches. The 28-year-old scored 18 points and handed out eight assists in the win at Orlando and he is averaging 22 points on 58.9 percent from the field over a four-game span. Antetokounmpo had 33 points and Khris Middleton added 27 in a 117-106 win at Atlanta earlier this season.
1. Bucks PF John Henson missed two of the last three games with a hamstring injury.
2. Hawks PG Dennis Schroder is averaging 18.8 points on 40 percent shooting on the road, compared to 20.1 on 46.5 percent at home.
3. Milwaukee SG Jason Terry made 10 3-pointers over his last six games after hitting two through his first 18 outings.