Milwaukee Bucks (40-25, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (20-44, 14th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder after Khris Middleton scored 44 points in the Bucks’ 132-122 win over the Phoenix Suns.
The Thunder went 9-23 in home games. Oklahoma City ranks third in the Western Conference with 35.6 defensive rebounds per game led by Josh Giddey with a 6.0 average.
The Bucks are 17-13 in road games. Milwaukee is scoring 114.0 points while outscoring opponents by 3.6 points per game.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Bucks won 96-89 in the last game on November 20.
TOP PERFORMERS: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is shooting 44.4 percent and averaging 24.0 points for the Thunder. Tre Mann is averaging 14.2 points in Oklahoma City’s last 10 games.
Middleton is averaging 2.4 points per game for the Bucks, scoring 20.2 points while shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 31.1 points, 13.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists over Milwaukee’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 3-7, averaged 108.7 points, 46.1 rebounds, 23.2 assists, 9.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 118.4 points per game.
Bucks: 6-4, averaging 121.6 points, 47.0 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 6.5 steals and 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Their opponents average 119.6 points.
INJURIES: Thunder: Josh Giddey: out (hip), Ty Jerome: out (hip), Kenrich Williams: out (knee), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (foot), Isaiah Roby: out (back), Derrick Favors: out (back), Mike Muscala: out (ankle), Luguentz Dort: out (shoulder).
Bucks: Wesley Matthews: day to day (hamstring), Pat Connaughton: outside (hand), George Hill: outside (neck), Brook Lopez: outside (back).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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