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Friday, March 12th (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (42-22) at Milwaukee Bucks (34-29), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two of the NBA's hottest teams clash in Brew City tonight as the Utah Jazz pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Jazz won their fourth straight contest and improved to 2-0 on a four-game road trip Wednesday in Auburn Hills, when Deron Williams paced a balanced attack with 18 points and 12 assists as Utah trounced the Detroit Pistons, 115-104.

Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap each added 18 points for Utah, which secured its fifth consecutive winning season with its 42nd win and its 21st winning campaign in 22 seasons under head coach Jerry Sloan.

Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews each had 14 points, while Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer both finished with 11 for the Jazz, who are just one game behind first-place Denver in the Northwest Division.

"They're outstanding," Pistons head coach John Kuester said of the Jazz. Deron Williams is one of the best point guards in the league. There are certain teams that come with a blue-collar work ethic that you have to come out with a lunch pail and be ready to go at them."

Milwaukee, meanwhile, won its fourth straight and improved to 2-0 on a four- game homestand on Tuesday, when Andrew Bogut totaled 25 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks and the Bucks used a run in the fourth quarter to take the lead and then held off the Boston Celtics, 86-84.

Carlos Delfino had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have won 10 of their last 11 overall and five straight at home. John Salmons added 16 points for Milwaukee, which survived a missed jumper by Paul Pierce at the buzzer.

Brandon Jennings finished with 13 points for the Bucks, who have climbed all the way up to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with their recent stellar play.

"I know a lot of people used to say here in March this team really doesn't do too good," Jennings said. "This year, we're turning it around a little bit."

Utah has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Milwaukee, including a 112-95 blowout win in Salt Lake City earlier this season.

03/12 10:44:02 ET


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