NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 8th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (9-10) at Boston Celtics (16-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlantic Division-leading Boston Celtics try to push their winning streak to eight games Tuesday, when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to TD Garden.
Boston sits comfortably atop the weak Atlantic Division with a 16-4 record and posted its seventh win in a row on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the finale of a perfect four-game road trip. Kevin Garnett did his part with 23 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Pierce finished with 21 points and six boards for the Celtics, who got 15 points and six assists from Rajon Rondo.
"We really shot the ball well even though they defended us tough tonight," said Boston coach Doc Rivers. "But we got contributions from everyone tonight and our bench did a great job."
The Celtics, who improved to 9-1 on the road, will try to work on their 7-3 home ledger Tuesday night. In injury news for the team, guard Tony Allen (ankle surgery) is questionable for tonight and guard Marquis Daniels (wrist) is expected to miss Tuesday's contest.
Milwaukee has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight games, including Sunday's 101-86 setback to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bradley Center.
Rookie phenom Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 24 points for the Bucks, who will try to stop a five-game slide on the road Tuesday. Carlos Delfino and Hakim Warrick had 11 points in the recent defeat.
"We were down and then we were second guessing ourselves after that," said Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who had seven points and eight boards. "Once you second guess yourself as a shooter, it's very hard to make a shot."
Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles returned to the bench after serving a one- game suspension on Friday, a loss at Detroit. He was given the suspension for his actions directed at a game official and for not leaving the court in a timely manner following his ejection in a setback to Washington on Wednesday.
Bucks guard Michael Redd (knee) is questionable for Tuesday and has missed five straight games.
Boston took two of three meetings from Milwaukee last season and has won eight of the last 11 matchups between the teams. The Bucks are winless in their last three trips to Beantown.
12/08 10:31:50 ET