Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis form the enigmatic, shoot-first combo in the back-court and while they can single-handily lose Milwaukee some games, they are also more than capable of beating Atlanta by themselves if they have it going.
Up front, the Bucks will use a lot of defense-only guys (Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh, Sam Dalembert), but the Josh Smith/Ersan Ilyasova face-off could be the deciding factor in the game. Fortunately for Atlanta, Milwaukee’s home-court has been virtually non-existent this season.
Atlanta has the better roster, but it’s a coin-flip game.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #54, Road Game #26)
Where?: BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)
When?: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 – 8:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Brandon Jennings | SG: Monta Ellis | SF: Luc Mbah a Moute | PF: Ersan Ilyasova | C: Larry Sanders
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams (torn right ACL) is out.
Milwaukee Bucks: None.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (30-23) … Milwaukee Bucks (26-27)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 1 / ROAD: Won 2 … Milwaukee Bucks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 4
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (12-13) away … Bucks are (14-13) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks have won three of their last four games and can finally put the Josh Smith trade talk distraction behind them.
Milwaukee Bucks: Cold. The Bucks gave lost two straight, both to Brooklyn, and eight of their last 10 games overall.
Season/Past Season Series
Atlanta travels to Milwaukee for the first time this year in the first-of-four meetings between the clubs. The teams play again on 3/20 (Philips Arena), 3/24 (Milwaukee) and 4/12 (Philips Arena). The Hawks took last season’s series 2-1, splitting two games in Milwaukee, with the Bucks winning the final contest 108-101 on 3/27/12. The Bucks lead the all-time series 99-96, including a 62-32 advantage at home.
Zaza Pachulia played in 74 games for Milwaukee in 2004-05. Devin Harris is a Milwaukee native (Wauwatosa East HS). Al Horford’s father Tito played for the Bucks from 1988-90, appearing in 60 games. Jim Boylan was an assistant coach with the Hawks in 2003-04. Kyle Korver and Lou Williams played with Samuel Dalembert in Philadelphia. Dahntay Jones and Mike Dunleavy were teammates at Duke, as well as with the Indiana Pacers. Joel Przybilla suited up for the Hawks in 2003-04 (12 games). Jeff Teague played with Ish Smith at Wake Forest.
Information was used from the Hawks and Bucks official gamenotes