For the Nets, this will be the third game of a four game homestand. And as the team looks toward its battle with the New York Knicks on Dec. 11, its hoping to build some momentum going into that game.
Bucks Have Nets Number
Surprisingly, the Bucks have had the Nets number in recent years. The Nets have lost 11 straight games to the Bucks, with the last win being back on March 3, 2009.
Entering play on Dec. 9, the Nets are riding a season-high three game losing streak and are looking to get back to their winning ways.
Brook Lopez Out
As our Josh Newman reported yesterday, Brook Lopez continues to improve, but has been ruled out of this evening's matchup against the Bucks. Without Lopez, the Nets have been a much different team and beating the Bucks will be a tough task without him.
On Friday night, the Nets battled an up and coming backcourt in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and this evening, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson will have their work cut out for them once again. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are one of the league's highest scoring backcourts, combining to score 35.1 points per game, as well as dishing out a combined 11.6 assists per game.
Joe Johnson is coming off of a season best performance on Friday night, where he scored 32 points and after shooting 12-for-23. Though he's shooting just 41.6 percent from the field on the season, Johnson has shown signs lately. Over the past four games, he's averaging 20.8 points and made 35 of his 74 shots, which is good for 47 percent.
The Nets (12.9) and Bucks (13.3) both do a good job of taking care of the basketball. They rank third and sixth in the league, respectively.
Guarding the Three-Point Line
The Bucks are not a great three-point shooting team. On the season, they convert just 32 percent of their 18 attempts per game, making them the third worst three-point shooting team in the league. Jennings is capable of getting hot, though, so Williams will have to do a good job of sticking to him.