We have everything you need to know from a statistical standpoint for Wednesday night's monumental Knicks-Bucks game in Milwaukee.
But before we get to that, let's be clear on the importance of Wednesday's game: the Knicks (29-28) enter Wednesday a game up on the Bucks (28-29) for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. If the Knicks lose, they fall out of eighth place because they lose the head-to-head tie-breaker to Milwaukee (The Bucks are 2-1 against the Knicks this year).
If they win, they go two games up. The next tie-breaker is conference record.
So that's the context.
Below, we have some interesting numbers, such as Carmelo Anthony's history of success in Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings' history of success against the Knicks and Milwaukee' struggles against winning teams.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR MELO: Anthony is averaging 29.6 points per game in 10 career games played at the Bradley Center. Only three players have posted a higher career scoring average in this arena since the Bucks began playing their home games here in 1988 (minimum: five games): Michael Jordan (32.9), Allen Iverson (30.4) and LeBron James (30.1).
Anthony averages 28.3 points in three games against the Bucks this season. That is his third-highest scoring average against a team he’s played at least twice this season (Bulls 30.0, Celtics 28.3)
JENNINGS OWNS NY: Brandon Jennings has scored 35-or-more points twice in the 10 games he has played against the Knicks. Jennings has only had two 35+ point games in the 192 games he has played against all other teams.
Jennings had his best offensive game of the season against the Knicks on Jan. 20. He scored a season-high 36 points and made a season-high 15 field goals in Milwaukee’s 100-86 win at Madison Square Garden.
Jennings seems to be motivated by ex-president Donnie Walsh's decision to pass him over in the draft.
SMITH HAS STRUGGLED IN MILWAUKEE: J.R. Smith is shooting .354 from the field at the Bradley Center in his career (23-for-65). Only three active players have a lower career field-goal percentage in this building than Smith (minimum: 50 FGA): Sebastian Telfair (.305), Wilson Chandler (.310) and Nick Young (.325).
NOVAK STRUGGLING: Steve Novak has missed each of his last nine field-goal attempts, the second longest such streak of his career. Novak missed 12 consecutive field-goal attempts in April of 2009.
MILWAUKEE STRUGGLES VS. GOOD TEAMS: The Bucks are 9-25 (.265) against teams that currently own a .500-or-better winning percentage and 19-4 (.826) against teams that are below .500 this season. That .561 differential in winning percentage against .500+ teams and teams with a losing record is the largest in the league.
MONTA MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Bucks are averaging 104.7 points per game since Monta Ellis made his debut with team on March 16. Only one team in the league is averaging more points per game than Milwaukee over that span: San Antonio (106.4). Prior to Ellis’ debut with the team, the Bucks were only averaging 97.0 points per game.
CLOUDY SKILES FOR NY: Scott Skiles has a 25-11 (.694) record against the Knicks in his career as a head coach. Only four head coaches in NBA history have a higher career winning percentage against New York than Skiles (minimum: 25 games): Neil Johnston (20-6, .769), Billy Cunningham (32-12, .727), Phil Jackson (42-16, .724) and Stan Van Gundy (19-8, .704).
The Knicks are looking to win consecutive meetings against the Bucks for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau for the stats
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