NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 34 24 38 39 135
Atlanta 26 35 22 44 127
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , November 20, 2019
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 16,441

Hawks return home against streaking Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks

  1. The Bucks have won seven of the last eight games against the Hawks with the only loss coming in overtime in Atlanta last season, 136-135. Milwaukee has averaged 129.8 points on 48.0 percent shooting in its last five games against Atlanta.
  2. The Bucks have won four straight and eight of their last nine, shooting 57.6 percent inside the arc in those nine games. On the season, the Bucks are shooting 58.1 percent on two pointers, the best mark in the NBA by far (Houston is second at 54.7 percent).
  3. After winning their first two games, the Hawks have lost nine of 11, including four of five on their most recent road trip. They have held opponents to 107.3 points per game at home but 122.4 on the road, the second-largest difference in the NBA at +15.1 (Clippers, +19.6; home better).
  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 10 rebounds against the Bulls on Monday and has a point-rebound double-double in all 13 of his games. Only two other players in the last 35 years have put up double-digit points and rebounds in each of their first 13 games of a season: Kevin Love in 2011-12 (15 straight) and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1992-93 (13 straight).
  5. Trae Young dropped 31 points and seven assists in the Hawks' most recent loss to the Lakers. It was his sixth game this season with at least 30 points and seven assists, second most in the NBA behind James Harden (seven). The Hawks are 3-0 when Young scores 38+ but 1-9 otherwise this season.
  6. The Hawks have allowed 120+ points in each of their last six games, tied for their second-longest streak in team history (11 straight in 1961-62). The Bucks have scored 120+ points in seven games this seasons, tied with the Timberwolves for most in the NBA.

The Atlanta Hawks hope a return home will be a remedy to help forget a difficult five-game road trip.

The Hawks, who host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, have lost six of their last seven and carry a three-game losing streak into the game after a 1-4 West Coast road swing.

Atlanta was thumped by the Los Angeles Clippers by 49 on Saturday and got handed a 21-point defeat by the Los Angeles Lakers the next night.

"We played some good teams," Atlanta guard Trae Young said. "It will be good to get a couple games at home."

Atlanta's task won't get any easier upon its return to State Farm Arena. The Bucks have won four straight and eight of their last nine, and sport the second-best record in the Eastern Conference behind Boston.

Milwaukee won three of four games against the Hawks last season with an average margin of victory of 19.7 points, and has won seven of eight games against Atlanta.

The Bucks have played nine of their first 13 games on the road and boast a 7-2 record in that time. Milwaukee is 2-0 on this current three-game trip after beating Chicago 115-101 on Monday night.

Milwaukee is led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averages 30.3 points and has recorded 13 straight double-doubles, the longest active streak in the league. He extended his streak of 30-point games to seven after tallying 33 against the Bulls. Only Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has more in franchise history after going for eight straight and 16 straight in 1971-72.

The Bucks will be without veteran Khris Middleton, who has missed three games with a left thigh contusion and isn't expected back until December. Donte DiVincenzo has replaced him in the lineup and scored 15 against the Bulls on Monday.

"Some really good stuff from him," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said.

A key for Atlanta will be to avoid a poor start, a factor that doomed the young club against the Clippers and Lakers. Digging a big hole -- Atlanta trailed by 25 in the first quarter against the Lakers -- makes it very difficult to have a chance. The Hawks could only get as close as 10 against the Lakers.

"We had a lot of things that didn't go our way (on the road trip)," Young said. "That's how our season has been. We'll get down big and we have to fight so hard to get back into the game that we take all the energy out of ourselves and it's hard to get back into the game."

Young averages 27.0 points, an Eastern-Conference leading 8.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 33.8 minutes per game. He scored 31 against the Lakers and averaged 17 points against the Bucks last season.

The Hawks have struggled since John Collins was suspended by the league for violation of its anti-drug policy. Collins has missed eight games and the team is 2-6 during that stretch.

Veteran Jabari Parker has stepped up to help fill the void; Parker is averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebounds. In eight starts, he is averaging 19.4 points and shooting 52 percent from the field.

The Hawks and Bucks will meet three more times this season, with a rematch scheduled for Nov. 27 in Milwaukee.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 19, 2019

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