Game Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks’ Marquis Daniels, left, reacts after being called for a foul during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta Hawks’ Josh Smith is at right. Atlanta won 98-90. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

With both teams fighting to move up in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, familiar foes Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks square off for the second time in five days.

The Hawks lead the four-game season series 2-0 and look for a sixth win in their last seven overall meetings with Milwaukee.

These two teams most recently played on Wednesday (3/20) in Atlanta with the fifth-seeded Hawks getting the better of the eighth-seeded Bucks 98-90. Al Horford, Josh Smith and Jeff Teague all had stellar double-double performances to lead Atlanta to victory.

Teague tallied 27 points and 11 assists (both game-high’s), Horford had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Smith finished with 12 points and a season-high 16 rebounds.

Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 21 points in that game, but it was Larry Sanders who was the most effective starter for Milwaukee, as he finished with 19 points, 14 boards and four blocks. JJ Redick came off the bench and chipped in with 18 points, six assists and three rebounds.

The Hawks won the first matchup of the season back on February 23, as they escaped Milwaukee with a tough 103-102 victory. Horford converted a baby hook over Sanders with six seconds in regulation to give Atlanta the lead and Monta Ellis missed a shot at the buzzer to clinch the Hawks’ victory.

In both games against Atlanta, Ellis (Milwaukee’s best scorer) had trouble putting the ball in the hoop, as he’s totaled just 19 points on 9-of-29 shooting in the losses. He missed 12 of 14 field-goal attempts and finished with five points on Wednesday.

Teague has been far more efficient in this series for the Hawks, hitting 19-of-34 shots — including six-of-eight from the perimeter – and leading the team with 50 points and 20 assists. Horford has 49 points and 26 rebounds in the two matchups.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

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