National Basketball Association
Preview
Milwaukee at Denver
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

The Milwaukee Bucks are struggling a bit of late, but nothing seems to improve a team’s outlook quite like a date with the Denver Nuggets these days. The Nuggets will try to avoid a seventh straight setback when they host the Bucks on Tuesday. Denver beat Dallas to earn a fifth straight win and improve to 18-20 on Jan. 14, but has since gone 2-19 and is in danger of posting an 0-5 mark on its five-game homestand.

The Nuggets, who went 38-3 at home while finishing third in the Western Conference in 2012-13, have lost 10 straight at home. Denver’s current overall losing streak began with an 89-81 loss at the Bucks in the first game back from the All-Star break, and the Nuggets are averaging 87.8 points in the last six games. Milwaukee dropped the first two of its four-game road trip to sub-.500 teams the Jazz and the Lakers, and has the misfortune of finishing up the west coast swing at NBA-best Golden State on Wednesday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Altitude (Denver)

ABOUT THE BUCKS (32-27): Milwaukee is enduring its own offensive struggles while trying to work in Michael Carter-Williams as the new starting point guard and is averaging 85.8 points in the last five games, with the lone win in that span coming at home against lowly Philadelphia. The Bucks shot 39.2 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 23 times in an 82-75 loss at Utah on Saturday. Carter-Williams scored in double figures for the first time in three games since joining the team with 16 points on Saturday but had as many turnovers (three) as assists for the second straight game.

ABOUT THE NUGGETS (20-39):
Denver is searching for the right combination of players to get the offense going and moved to a small starting lineup on Saturday with Kenneth Faried acting as the center and Danilo Gallinari in the No. 4 spot. The move was partly out of necessity due to center Jusuf Nurkic’s ankle injury, but at least Gallinari (21 points) had some success in the 99-92 loss. Faried was not as sharp and went 1-of-6 from the floor to drop to 29.2 percent shooting over his last four contests.

BUZZER BEATERS


1. Nuggets G Ty Lawson, who leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points, is averaging eight points in the last four games.

2. Bucks G Jared Dudley (knee) is questionable while G O.J. Mayo (hamstring) is not expected to play.

3. Milwaukee’s win on Feb. 20 snapped Denver’s eight-game winning streak in the series.

PREDICTION: Bucks 89, Nuggets 82
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 32-27 L2 17-11 15-16 0-2 32-25 5-6 21-15
Denver 20-39 L6 12-18 8-21 0-5 20-34 4-8 13-22
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Denver
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/20/15 DEN 81 MIL 89 89 46 42.9 81 44 35.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee K. Middleton 15 40.0 5
Denver W. Chandler 19 40.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 9 0 9
Denver J. Nurkic 15 6 9
Assists Player  
Milwaukee J. Bayless 8
Denver J. Nelson 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 767 47.9 198
Denver T. Lawson 955 44.5 232
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 433 80 353
Denver K. Faried 488 169 319
Assists Player  
Milwaukee J. Bayless 205
Denver T. Lawson 587
Quickchart Matchup
Milwaukee Off vs  Denver Defense
97.9 Points For
104.2 Points Against
46.1 FG%
45.5 FG%
41.4 Reb
45.5 Reb
Denver Off vs  Milwaukee Defense
99.4 Points For
96.4 Points Against
42.6 FG%
43.1 FG%
45.5 Reb
43.4 Reb