NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 8th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (32-29) at Milwaukee Bucks (12-49), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards have been on a roll of late and
will try to keep it going Saturday night when they visit the Bradley Center to
take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Wizards have won seven of their last eight and vaulted up to fifth in the
Eastern Conference. During that stretch, Washington has won four in a row as
On Wednesday, the Wizards had an easy time of it against the Utah Jazz,
winning by a 104-91 score at the Verizon Center.
Trevor Ariza scored 26 points, Bradley Beal added 22 and John Wall chipped in
14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who bounced back into the win column
after having their six-game winning streak stopped by Memphis on Monday.
They did it by shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and outscoring the Jazz in
the paint by a wide 56-36 margin.
Drew Gooden, who had gone scoreless in limited action since signing a 10-day
contract with Washington last week, totaled 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
"I've been playing this game for 12 years," Gooden said. "I actually think
what helped me was the time off, being able to observe the game from the
house, from the couch, and know the type of player I'm going to be the next
time I had the opportunity to get a shot."
Milwaukee is back home after dropping a 112-104 decision at New Orleans Friday
night. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 25 points and Jeff Adrien ended with
20 and 10 rebounds.
Ramon Sessions and Brandon Knight scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for
the Bucks, who have lost two in a row and 10 of 13 games. The Bucks have the
NBA's worst record at 12-49.
Milwaukee entered the game without starting forward Ersan Ilyasova, who was
suspended for throwing a punch in a game Wednesday. The Bucks then lost guard
O.J. Mayo to an ejection for a flagrant-2 foul late in the first quarter.
Mayo collided with Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma on a screen.
"I reacted the wrong way and handled it for sure the wrong way," Mayo said on
NBA.com. "I want to apologize to the Bucks fanbase, the city of Milwaukee and
obviously New Orleans and the (fans) who came out and watched the game. It's
definitely the wrong way to conduct yourself. I've got to be better and I
The Bucks will play their next two games at home versus Washington and
Orlando, and have dropped seven of the past nine at the Bradley Center, where
they have a 7-25 record.
Milwaukee and Washington have split two meetings this season with the visitor
prevailing each time in overtime. The Wizards have taken three of the last
four overall in this series and two straight in Brew City.
03/08 10:57:52 ET