Milwaukee is an interesting spot right now. They are basically guaranteed the 8th seed in the East (and the subsequent early exit at the hands of Miami), but they are evaluating J.J. Redick and company for next season. Anyway, Wednesday is the first of two games with Milwaukee during this week. In a perfect world, Atlanta would expose Milwaukee’s offensive short-comings by allowing the Jennings/Ellis combo to shoot them out of games and it’s a situation where the Hawks can use the Teague/Harris backcourt and not be short-handed defensively. The Al Horford/Larry Sanders battle on the interior should be exciting. Realistically, it’s probably a spot where Atlanta will split the home-and-home with Milwaukee but as the Hawks push towards a possible home-court post-season series, a sweep would do wonders.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #68, Home Game #34)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 7:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 93.7 FM
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Brandon Jennings | SG: Monta Ellis | SF: Marquis Daniels | PF: Larry Sanders | C: Samuel Dalembert
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) and Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are out.
Milwaukee Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova (left hip) and Luc Mbah a Moute (sprained toe) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (37-30) … Milwaukee Bucks (34-32)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Won 1 … Milwaukee Bucks –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (21-12) at home … Bucks are (16-16) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Atlanta had their three-game winning streak snapped at home by the Dallas Mavericks on Monday but still sit fifth in the East standings.
Milwaukee Bucks: Lukewarm. The Bucks have won two in a row but have lost eight of the last nine visits to Atlanta.
Season/Past Season Series
Milwaukee comes to Philips Arena for the first time this year in the second-of-four contests with the Hawks. Atlanta posted a 103-102 road win in the first meeting on Al Horford’s bucket with under six seconds to play. Horford (23 points/11 rebounds) and Josh Smith (15 points/13 boards) each notched a double-double that night and Jeff Teague tallied 23 points and nine assists. Ersan Ilyasova led six Bucks in double-figures with 19 points, while Larry Sanders (12 points/19 boards) and Monta Ellis (14 points/10 assists) had double-doubles. The teams play again on 3/24 at Milwaukee and 4/12 at Philips Arena to finish the season series. The Hawks have won two straight home games against the Bucks, with Milwaukee’s last win at Philips Arena coming on 11/10/10 (108-92). The Bucks lead the all-time series 99-97, with Atlanta holding a 63-35 advantage in home games.
LAST MEETING — HAWKS 103, BUCKS 102 — BMO HARRIS BRADLEY CENTER — 2/22/13
Another back-and-forth affair (18 lead changes and 13 ties) for the Hawks came down to the wire. After trailing by 10 with just over six minutes to play in the game and by seven (100-93) with under three minutes to go, Atlanta scored eight straight points to grab a 101-100 advantage. Monta Ellis’ layup with 10.8 seconds remaining put Milwaukee back on top but Al Horford answered for the visitors with a short hook shot to give the Hawks a 103-102 lead with 5.9 seconds on the clock. Ellis’ nine-foot leaner at the buzzer was too strong and the Hawks escaped with the win. Horford finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Jeff Teague also scored 23 to go with his nine assists. Devin Harris had 21 points and Josh Smith tallied 15 points and 13 boards. Zaza Pachulia added 11 rebounds, including eight offensive (seven offensive boards in second stanza set Hawks franchise record for offensive rebounds in any quarter). Six Bucks scored in double-figures, led by Ersan Ilyasova with 19. Larry Sanders recorded 12 points and 19 rebounds and Ellis finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Atlanta tied a season-high with 14 3FGM (14-28) helping offset Milwaukee’s 58-41 advantage on the boards.
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