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National Basketball Association
Sacramento at Milwaukee
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game slide with a big win on Monday behind 20 points and 13 rebounds from Greg Monroe. The Bucks will need another big performance from the center spot when they host DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Cousins put up 30 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks at Charlotte on Monday but was off the floor at crunch time due to back tightness and watched as the Kings suffered a 127-122 loss in overtime. “I’m honestly not sure when it happened,” Cousins told reporters. “As the game went on, it got worse and worse. It started going to the lower part of my body, so I couldn’t really move. I tried to play through it.” Monroe had some extra motivation while going up against his former team (Detroit) and used it to reach the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season. The Bucks averaged 90.7 points during their three-game slide but shot 51.8 percent on Monday in a 109-88 triumph.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

ABOUT THE KINGS (5-10): Sacramento looked as though it had the game in hand on Monday while holding a 22-point lead, but turnovers and an inability to generate stops on the defensive end allowed Charlotte back in the game. “I think we’re trying to establish an identity,” guard Darren Collison told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s just not a good feeling right now that we were able to go back and revert to our old ways, especially at the most important part of the game.” Cousins is day-to-day with the back ailment, and the Kings are 0-5 this season when the star center sits.

ABOUT THE BUCKS (6-8): Milwaukee was not happy with its performance on the three-game road trip and put in a little extra work prior to Monday’s return home. “This morning’s shootaround was a little bit longer than normal,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd told reporters. “The guys, you give them the credit, they responded. I think we all knew that we didn’t play well on the trip and we didn’t end the trip on the right note. Those guys in that locker room get a lot of credit.” Wednesday marks the conclusion of the brief two-game homestand before another stretch with four of five on the road.


1. The Bucks took both meetings last season by a total of nine points.

2. Sacramento PG Rajon Rondo handed out 20 assists on Monday and is averaging 14.1 over the last nine games.

3. Milwaukee F Jabari Parker scored in double figures in each of his last four games.

PREDICTION: Bucks 109, Kings 108
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 5-10 L1 4-5 1-5 1-0 4-10 1-4 1-7
Milwaukee 6-8 W1 4-3 2-5 0-0 6-8 2-2 6-7
Last Meeting
Sacramento Milwaukee
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/11/15 SAC 103 MIL 111 103 48 42.9 111 45 48.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 28 45.0 10
Milwaukee O. Mayo 21 42.9 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 19 6 13
Milwaukee K. Middleton 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Sacramento R. Sessions 6
Milwaukee B. Knight 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 368 43.5 117
Milwaukee G. Monroe 306 50.4 60
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 149 33 116
Milwaukee G. Monroe 191 64 127
Assists Player  
Sacramento R. Rondo 193
Milwaukee G. Vasquez 82
Quickchart Matchup
Sacramento Off vs  Milwaukee Defense
104.5 Points For
103.9 Points Against
45.3 FG%
45.4 FG%
45.1 Reb
44.5 Reb
Milwaukee Off vs  Sacramento Defense
97.0 Points For
108.3 Points Against
45.3 FG%
46.9 FG%
44.5 Reb
44.1 Reb