Bucks at Hornets
The Milwaukee Bucks spent part of last week pulling off impressive comebacks but will hope for a better start Monday night when they visit the New Orleans Hornets. The Bucks began the week by rallying from 27 points down in Chicago on Monday and ended the week with a 91-88 victory over the Celtics on Saturday. The Bucks allowed the first 17 points but outscored Boston 91-71 the rest of the way as reserve Larry Sanders had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.
The Hornets have dropped nine of 10 with five of those defeats coming by double digits. One of their close losses in this stretch was a four-point defeat in Milwaukee on Nov. 17 when rookie Anthony Davis scored a career-high 28 points. Davis hasn't played since that game due to a sore left ankle and the Hornets come off a 37 percent shooting performance in Saturday's 100-79 home loss to Oklahoma City.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Fox Sports New Orleans (New Orleans), NBATV
ABOUT THE BUCKS (8-7): Saturday's starting lineup featured a different look as Marquis Daniels started in place of Tobias Harris at small forward and rookie Ekpe Udoh replaced Samuel Dalembert at center. The Bucks committed three turnovers and missed their first seven shots before a substitution was made. Milwaukee also played without guard Beno Udrih, who is out for one to two weeks with a sprained right ankle. Mike Dunleavy also missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.
ABOUT THE HORNETS (4-11): Team meetings often get held when a team is struggling and following Saturday's loss, the Hornets held one after trailing by as many as 29 to the Thunder. "We met afterward," Ryan Anderson said. "I guess you could call the veteran guys, the older guys who have experience. We want to step up. We want to be examples for these young guys. We just need to come out and play harder and play tougher and hopefully that will trickle down and guys will follow suit." Anderson was 3-of-11 on 3-pointers and is 4-of-17 in his last two games. Davis is expected to miss another week with his sore left ankle. He dressed for practice on Sunday but did not participate in any contact drills.
1. Milwaukee has dropped its last nine visits to New Orleans, a streak that dates back to Jan. 27, 2003.
2. The Bucks had a season-high 13 3-pointers in their win over the Hornets but since then they have not made more than five in any game and are shooting just 22.3 percent from behind the arc.
3. New Orleans G Greivis Vasquez is averaging 9.6 points and shooting 35 percent at home. Five of the six instances that he scored in single digits have occurred at home.
Hornets 96, Bucks 89