Bucks’ road swing gets tougher with stops in Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City basketball

The Bucks have had better luck in Oklahoma City, going 5-6 since SuperSonics moved from Seattle in 2008. Last season they won the season with the Thunder, including a 121-119 win in Oklahoma City on November 10th.

At 10-12, the Thunder is the only team on this track that currently has a record under 500. Denver (12-10) ranks sixth in the Western Conference while the resurgent Suns are fourth at 13-9, five games back from a Utah team that lead the NBA 19-5.

The venues and history aside, the Bucks head out to play their best basketball of the season. They are more like the powerhouse they have been over the past two seasons than the team that was still comfortable in the first few weeks of this season.

Here are three reasons why:

Come in hot

During their winning streak, the bucks average 127.8 points, while the opponents hold 105 points. With 118.6 points per game, Milwaukee leads the NBA in the ranking.

The defenses of the bucks are much more similar to the lockdown unit that has existed for the past two years. Milwaukee’s defensive rating of 101.2 in the last four games is the best in the league during this stretch and the Bucks ranks eighth this season at 108.9.

Their 105.2 points allowed during the winning streak are the second smallest allowed in the NBA, and the bucks are third during this stretch by keeping opponents at 43% shooting.

Comments are closed.