Not all that far removed from a 10-game road winning streak, the Milwaukee Bucks will have their hands full to avoid a four-game road skid.
The Bucks visit the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans in the second game of their three-game road trip.
The Bucks lost Sunday at San Antonio. Coupled with losses at Utah and Phoenix to end their previous road trip, the Bucks have lost three of their last five games.
The Bucks beat the Pelicans, 123-115, at Fiserv Forum back on Dec. 19, but needed a late 11-0 run to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit.
While the Bucks have struggled just a little recently, they haven’t really lost any ground. With the Toronto Raptors losing at Cleveland Monday night, the Bucks can push their lead for the NBA’s best record back to three games with a victory.
The Pelicans will be without Jrue Holiday (abdominal muscle), and star player Anthony Davis has been averaging just 21 minutes a game since the all-star break.
The Bucks are getting healthier, though guard George Hill remains sidelined with a groun strain and backup forward Sterling Brown is still nursing a wrist injury.
Rookie Donte DiVincenzo has played the last three games and been very active.
The game also marks the return to New Orleans for Nikola Mirotic, who was acquired by the Bucks at the trade deadline.