NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (7-24) at Utah Jazz (10-24), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - There are 11 teams in the NBA with more wins than the
Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz combined.
The Bucks and Jazz are last in their respective divisions and will clash
Thursday at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Utah sits at the bottom of the Northwest Division with a 10-24 mark and has
rotated wins and losses over the past eight games, In Monday's 83-80 victory
over the Charlotte Bobcats, Trey Burke totaled 21 points and five assists and
Alec Burks scored 14 points off the bench.
Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors netted 13 points apiece for the Jazz, who
have won two in a row at home and are 5-10 as the host.
"I think a lot of these games for this young group of guys is about learning
to finish games. Hopefully we will finish teams off without making it close
and to be able to make plays down the stretch," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Milwaukee, which is in the cellar of the Central Division and owners of a 7-24
ledger, will resume a three-game western jaunt Thursday and opened the trip
with Tuesday's 94-79 win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bucks opened the game on a 14-point run and the Lakers didn't score until
there was less than seven minutes to go in the opening stanza. A 32-point
performance in the third quarter propelled Milwaukee to victory.
Brandon Knight paced the Bucks with a career-high 37 points to go along with
eight rebounds and four steals. Knight made 15-of-25 shots, while Ersan
Ilyasova ended with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which won for
just the second time in the past 10 games and had lost four in a row on the
road. The Bucks are 4-12 as the visitor this season.
"Our start helped a great deal," said Bucks coach Larry Drew. "Brandon played
a terrific game at both ends. We fed off him."
Luke Ridnour scored 11 points and both Larry Sanders and Giannis Antetokounmpo
grabbed 11 rebounds in Milwaukee's first road win against a Western Conference
The Bucks will close out the trek Saturday at Phoenix and split a pair of
meetings with Utah a season ago. Milwaukee has lost four of five games to the
Jazz and is winless in 11 straight trips to Salt Lake City. The Bucks are 3-21
in the past 24 contests in Utah.
01/02 10:23:28 ET