NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 29th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (23-19) at Detroit Pistons (17-27), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks hope to continue their fine form on
Tuesday night when they visit The Palace of Auburn Hills to meet the Central
Division-rival Detroit Pistons.
The Bucks have won four of their last five, including two on the road. They
lost their last road outing, a 113-108 setback at Cleveland to the Cavaliers,
but rebounded Saturday night with a home victory over the Golden State
The spectacular backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings played
brilliantly on Saturday night. They both scored 20 points and combined for 11
assists and 10 rebounds.
Ellis buried a late 3-pointer against his old squad to seal the win, but
Jennings' 18 third-quarter points made a huge difference.
"We needed to score, so (Jennings) came out in the second half and did what he
needed to do for our team," interim head coach Jim Boylan said.
Larry Sanders extended his blocks streak to 29 games, which tied Tim Duncan
for the longest active streak in the league. Sanders also had 16 points and 11
rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova recorded 18 points and 12 boards.
A win on Tuesday would send the Bucks five games over .500 for the first time
this season. Milwaukee plays four of its next six on the road.
The Pistons capped off a three-game road trip with a wild 104-102 win in
Orlando on Sunday night. It was thanks to a career night from Brandon Knight
the Pistons avoided an 0-3 trek.
Knight made two late 3-pointers, which gave him five for the game, and he
poured in a career-best 31 points. Knight went 12-for-16 from the field as the
Pistons survived a slew of last-second putbacks by the Magic.
"The ball bounces funny sometimes and you have to get some of those bounces
and make some of those effort plays," said Knight. "I have to commend my
teammates for making those effort plays towards the end of the game.
"I have to commend my teammates who did a great job of looking for me and
seeing I was making shots. A lot of it came from them trying to create for
Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva and Kyle Singler each scored in double
The Pistons have won two in a row at home, where they will play eight of
the next 11.
Detroit has won both matchups this season against Milwaukee, with one at home
and one in Brew City. The teams have split the last six meetings.
01/29 10:35:26 ET