One night after suffering a shocking defeat to the lowly Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks get a shot at putting that memory behind them by hosting the San Antonio Spurs.
A perennial contender, the Spurs enter the game in unfamiliar territory. They’re 9-9 and in 11th place in the Western Conference.
Both teams played Friday night, with the Spurs scoring a 111-100 win at Indiana.
With Friday night’s 116-114 loss to the Suns, who entered that game with a 3-14 record and a 0-8 mark on the road, the Bucks risk seeing their six-game homestand close with a 3-3 mark and consecutive losses should they fall to the Spurs.
The Bucks lost the homestand opener to the Memphis Grizzlies. The game started a trend of bad first halves, as the Bucks have trailed at the half in four of their first five games on the homestand. They lost despite a 27-4 run in the second half that gave them an eight-point lead before the Grizzlies rallied.
Friday night’s loss came in spite of the Bucks going on runs of 11-0 and 14-0 in the final 16 minutes. Phoenix ended the game with an 8-0 run.
San Antonio continues to be coached by Gregg Popovich, but a couple long-time Spurs are no longer with the team. Kawhi Leonard has been traded to Toronto, Manu Ginobili retired in the summer and point guard Tony Parker is now with the Charlotte Hornets.
The Spurs are led by guard DeMar DeRozan and forward LaMarcus Aldridge.