The Milwaukee Bucks were going for a third straight won on Saturday but ran out of luck when they ran into the Warriors and got beaten by 108-95. Khris Middleton scored 14 points while Jared Dudley added 13 points, but the Bucks were always going to lose this game as they shot just 26.7 percent in the first half, their worst shooting half of the entire season. With the loss, Milwaukee falls to 36-37 on the season and 21-15 at home which cuts their lead over the seventh-placed Miami to just 2 1/2 games.
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The Atlanta Hawks were on a nice two-game win streak of their own before falling to the Hornets by 115-100 on Saturday. Kent Bazemore led the way with 20 points, Mike Muscala had 18 points while Dennis Schroder added 17 but the Hawks just fell away in the second half which isn’t much of a surprise given that they were resting four of their starters and were already without Jeff Teague. Despite the loss, Atlanta is still 55-18 overall which is still far and away the top record in the East.
Atlanta has taken two of the three meetings between the two clubs and interestingly enough, the road team has won each contest. The Bucks handed the Hawks a 107-77 beat down at Philips Arena on the day after Christmas. Atlanta came back to take the next two match ups in Milwaukee.
Jeff Teague has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and while there has been no official update to his status, he seems doubtful to play on Monday. Mike Scott remains out with a toe injury but the rest of Atlanta’s lineup likely won’t be determined until closer to tip off.
Projected Starting Lineups:
Milwaukee Bucks: PG: Michael Carter-Williams, SG: Khris Middleton, SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF: Ersan Ilyasova, C: Zaza Pachulia
Atlanta Hawks: PG: Jeff Teague, SG: Kyle Korver, SF: DeMarre Carroll, PF: Paul Millsap, C: Al Horford