NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 20th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Portland Trail Blazers (14-14), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers will wrap up a three-game homestand tonight versus the Milwaukee Bucks at the Rose Garden.
Portland has won the first two tests on the residency and five straight in the Rose City, including Saturday's 96-95 triumph over the Golden State Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge posted his third straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Andre Miller recorded 17 points, eight assists and four steals for the Blazers, who are 9-3 as the host this season and won for the second straight time since a three-game slide.
Rudy Fernandez had 15 points and both Dante Cunningham and Wesley Matthews registered 13 apiece in the win.
"He's doing a good job of attacking," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said of Fernandez. "He needs time to get into rhythm. He likes to play team basketball, which is what you want."
Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy is expected to miss tonight's game with a knee ailment.
Milwaukee will begin a three-game road trip tonight against the Blazers, Lakers and Kings, and owns a 3-9 mark away from the Bradley Center this season.
The Bucks have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak and suffered a 95-86 loss versus Utah on Saturday. Andrew Bogut had 19 points and nine rebounds, while John Salmons posted 18 points in a losing cause.
"They took a little bit of momentum into the half and we came out in the second half and didn't have much," stated Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "We got it close and we got some stops, we just couldn't finish it off with clean rebounds."
Milwaukee also received some bad news on the injury front. Dynamic second-year point guard Brandon Jennings suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his left foot against the Jazz and underwent surgery Monday afternoon. Jennings is expected to miss four to six weeks of action and will be evaluated throughout his recovery.
Portland defeated the Bucks, 90-76, back on Nov. 2 this season at the Bradley Center and has won 10 of the previous 14 matchups in this series. Milwaukee has lost four straight and five of its last six games in the Rose City.
12/20 13:54:30 ET