Milwaukee takes on Brooklyn, looks for 6th straight home win
Brooklyn Nets (39-40, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (59-20, first in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Saturday, 5 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee hosts Brooklyn looking to continue its five-game home winning streak.
The Bucks have gone 32-6 at home. Milwaukee is the top team in the Eastern Conference averaging 53.5 points in the paint. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 17.5.
The Nets have gone 26-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn is 14-22 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Bucks won the last meeting between these two squads 131-121 on April 1. Eric Bledsoe led Milwaukee to the win with a 29-point game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brook Lopez leads the Bucks with 2.4 made 3-pointers and averages 12.6 points while shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Khris Middleton is averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers and 18.4 points over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
D’Angelo Russell leads the Nets averaging 6.9 assists while scoring 21.1 points per game. Jarrett Allen has averaged 7.6 rebounds and added 9.7 points per game over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nets: 3-7, averaging 113.4 points, 47.8 rebounds, 22.8 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting.
Bucks: 7-3, averaging 121.5 points, 51.5 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.1 points on 42.3 percent shooting.
Bucks Injuries: Pau Gasol: out (ankle), Nikola Mirotic: out (left thumb), Donte DiVincenzo: out for season (heel), Malcolm Brogdon: out (heel), Tony Snell: out (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova: day to day (nasal fracture).
Nets Injuries: Allen Crabbe: out (knee).