Bucks at Suns
The Milwaukee Bucks have suffered through a lot of miserable experiences in Phoenix and look to beat the Suns in Arizona for the first in nearly 26 years on Thursday. Milwaukee has lost 24 straight contests in Phoenix dating back to a victory on Feb. 21, 1987, and the Bucks won’t have too many better chances to end the long skid than facing a spiraling Suns squad that has lost six of its last seven games.
The Bucks are 3-2 under interim coach Jim Boylan, who took over for the fired Scott Skiles. Ironically, Milwaukee’s first game under Boylan was a 108-99 home victory over the Suns. Milwaukee lost 104-88 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday to drop to 0-5 on the road against Western Conference foes. Phoenix has lost 12 of its last 14 games since putting together a four-game winning streak. The Suns lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-90 on Monday.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Arizona (Phoenix)
ABOUT THE BUCKS (19-18): Guard Brandon Jennings has averaged 22 points since Boylan took over but suffered through a disappointing 12-point performance in the loss to the Lakers. Jennings was just 4-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range. He struggled to get good looks while primarily being guarded by Kobe Bryant. “It was probably the best defense somebody’s ever played on me since I’ve been in the league,” Jennings said. “Just constantly putting pressure on me, touching me, hitting me at all times in the game.” Jennings is averaging 18.3 points and was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week prior to the poor showing against Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE SUNS (13-27): Phoenix is no longer the exciting, high-scoring squad it was when Steve Nash was running the show. The Suns have reached 100 points just once in the last 14 games and have scored 81 or fewer in five of them. Phoenix has trailed by double digits in 30 of its 40 games, including 15 of 20 at home. Point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points in the recent loss to Milwaukee and has a team-high seven 20-point outings. However, Dragic is just 6-of-18 shooting over Phoenix’s last two games. He averages 14.1 points and 6.1 assists.
1. Phoenix has lost three consecutive home games, and a loss to the Bucks would mark their longest home losing streak since a five-game skid during the 2003-04 campaign.
2. Bucks G Monta Ellis is just 3-of-15 from 3-point range over the past four contests.
3. Suns F Jared Dudley (wrist) is expected to return after missing the last two games.
Bucks 92, Suns 90.