NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 29th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (14-33) at Milwaukee Bucks (18-26), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets finish up a quick two-day tour of the Midwest Saturday when they visit Brew City to take on a Milwaukee Bucks team expecting the return of dynamic guard Brandon Jennings.
Jennings, the Bucks leading scorer, has missed 19 games since been sidelined after fracturing his foot against Utah back on Dec. 18. Milwaukee went 8-11 without its second-year quarterback, who is averaging 17.9 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Most recently the Bucks won their second straight contest in Toronto on Friday when Corey Maggette notched a season-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds as Milwaukee outlasted the Raptors, 116-110 in overtime.
Ersan Ilyasova posted 25 points and seven boards before fouling out late in regulation for the Bucks, who have won four of six overall.
Andrew Bogut notched 24 points and Carlos Delfino came off the bench to add 15 points and six assists for Milwaukee, which has taken five of the last seven meetings with Toronto.
"I was able to touch the ball the first three times, and when you make shots, in overtime, it helps a lot," Bogut admitted. "Everybody's been very good lately, though we've had a lot of starters sit in street clothes the last four weeks. People have stepped up."
The Nets, meanwhile, were routed in Indianapolis on Friday when Mike Dunleavy netted 30 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds, as Indiana raced past New Jersey, 124-92, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Brook Lopez carried the load with 28 points as the Nets had a two-game win streak halted. Travis Outlaw added 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.
"We really weren't as good (defensively) as we have been in the past couple of games," Lopez said. "Fortunately, it was just one game and we need to get back to what we were doing at home."
Milwaukee has won six straight over the Nets, including a 115-92 win in Newark on Jan. 8.
01/29 10:42:50 ET