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BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Attendance: 15,846
Bucks hope to hit break on high note vs. Nuggets
Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks
- The Nuggets have won eight of their last 11 games, but seven of those victories -- including Tuesday's 117-109 win over San Antonio -- came at the Pepsi Center. Denver snapped a seven-game road losing streak the last time it stepped away, Saturday's 123-113 win at Phoenix.
- Milwaukee has won a season-high five straight home games, bringing their record at the Harris Bradley Center to 19-9 (third best in the East). However, Milwaukee's point differential at home (plus-1.6) ranks just 17th overall.
- Nikola Jokic has recorded three of his four triple-doubles this season over his last nine games, a stretch in which he's averaging 18.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists. He recorded triple-doubles in both of Denver's wins over Milwaukee last season, totaling 33 points, 26 boards and 21 assists.
- Thon Maker has started in each of Milwaukee's last three wins and has had a combined plus-minus of 48 in 73 minutes. Maker was a combined minus-17 in just 11 minutes against Denver last season.
- Denver is 12-2 (.857) against the Bucks since the start of 2010-11 season, winning five of seven in Milwaukee. That's tied for the Nuggets' most road wins in an Eastern Conference venue over the last eight seasons (Orlando).
- Wilson Chandler scored in double figures just three times in 18 games prior to scoring 10-plus in his last three -- an average of 18.0 points. The Nuggets are 10-2 this season when Chandler scores at least 15 points, and he's averaged 18.1 in his last seven games against the Bucks.
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MILWAUKEE -- With one game before the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to end an eventful and occasionally turbulent first half on a high note Thursday night when they welcome the Denver Nuggets to the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has dealt with its fair share of adversary this season.
The Bucks began the year without forward Jabari Parker, who was still rehabbing from an ACL tear. They saw center Greg Monroe dealt to Phoenix early for point guard Eric Bledsoe, and went lengthy stretches without point guard Matthew Dellavedova.
Milwaukee also lost forward Mirza Teletovic for an indefinite amount of time because of a medical issue.
Most recently, the Bucks learned they'd be without point guard Malcolm Brogdon for several weeks after he tore a tendon in his left quad and Dellavedova is back on the shelf again with an ankle injury.
If that wasn't enough, Milwaukee also sacked coach Jason Kidd late last month.
Through all that, a 97-92 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night moved the Bucks eight games over the .500 mark for the first time since Feb. 20, 2015. They are off to their best start through 56 games since the 2001-02 season.
Milwaukee has been especially good at home, though, where they've won 19 of 28 games this season -- their last at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks have won nine of 11 games since Joe Prunty took over the coaching duties.
"We've done good work to get to this point," Prunty said. "But now, the biggest thing is to focus on Denver."
Denver, too, would like to finish on a high note and try to build some momentum away from home, where the Nuggets have struggled.
They'd lost seven straight road contests before beating Phoenix 123-113 on Saturday and are 8-19 in road games this season.
"At some point, we're going to have to find ways to win (road) games," coach Michael Malone said.
A victory over Milwaukee on Thursday would send the Nuggets into the break on a three-game winning streak. Denver has won five of its last six overall, including a 117-109 victory over San Antonio on Tuesday night that featured a triple-double from Nikola Jokic.
That left Denver bunched up with Oklahoma City, Portland and New Orleans, all of which are within one game of each other for the final Western Conference playoff spots.
"We have a good rhythm right now," Malone said. "Let's not check out mentally until after the game. These games going into the break are always the tough ones, because guys are thinking about that Mai Tai on the beach they're gonna be drinking.
"Let's handle our business ... and then we can get some well-deserved rest."
Denver swept the season series with the Bucks last year behind 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds from Wilson Chandler.
Parker faced the Nuggets twice before suffering his injury last season. He averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in those contests.
Updated February 15, 2018