Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Milwaukee Bucks have a whole lot of work ahead of them tonight when they take on the Utah Jazz.
The Bucks will be without their starting guard tandem of Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon. Bledsoe is experiencing a sore back, while Brogdon is dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Those two players carried the Bucks in the last two games, victories at Sacramento Tuesday and Los Angeles last night against the Lakers.
The Bucks already were without backup guard George Hill (groin), forward Sterling Brown (wrist) and first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo (heel).
The Bucks (48-14) have not won in Utah since Oct. 31, 2001.
The Jazz (35-26) are sixth in the Western Conference playoff race and have gone 17-6 over their last 23 games.
With their starting guards out, the Bucks will rely on Pat Connaughton for more minutes. Other options include Isaiah Canaan and Trevon Duval. Also expect Khris Middleton to log more minutes at guard, rather than forward, with Ersan Ilyasova and Niko Mirotic picking up the forward minutes.
Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo — both nominally forwards when Brogdon and Bledsoe play — both switch to guard in the starting lineup, with Mirotic and Ilyasova starting at the two forward spots. It may be the tallest starting lineup in Bucks history.
The Jazz will be without point guard Raul Neto and forward Dante Exum. Point guard Ricky Rubio has been limited by a tight hamstring but is listed as probable.