Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Preview 12/21

Dec 1, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis (11) drives for the basket as Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (5) defends during the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 91-88. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Night the Boston Celtics (13-12) will try to exact some measure of revenge for one of their more depressing losses of the season when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks (13-11). The Bucks came back from a early 17-0 deficit to stun the Celtics with a 91-88 victory on December 1 behind a career night from Larry Sanders. Sanders dominated the paint scoring 18 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking five shots.

The Bucks have won two of the three meetings between the squads thus far and this will be the last time these teams face each other. In their season opener, Milwaukee beat Boston in TD Garden 99-88 on November 2. Brandon Jennings led the way for the Bucks scoring 21 points, dishing out 13 assists all while being a defensive pest and getting six steals.

Eight days later on November 10, the Celtics evened up the season series in a 96-92 road victory. Paul Pierce scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while Kevin Garnett added 18 points of his own. Monta Ellis scored 32 in a losing effort.

Speaking of Pierce, “The Truth” is coming off a truly dominant game where he became the oldest Celtic to score 40 points in a regulation game in Wednesday’s 103-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He added eight rebounds and five assists in the winning effort.

The most impressive aspect of Pierce’s monster game was the incredible efficiency, scoring 40 points on only 16 field goal attempts. Paul went 13-16 from the field, hitting six threes and went perfect from the foul line connecting on all eight of his attempts from the stripe. This was a much needed game for Boston as they had lost three straight prior to beating the Cavs.

Milwaukee is coming off a 90-80 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies where they were held to their lowest point total of the season. Monta Ellis was shut down by defensive stopper Tony Allen and was held to four points on a brutal 1-14 shooting from the field.

Though the Bucks lost on Wednesday night, they come into this contest having won five of their last seven games and are right in the thick of the Central Division race within a game of the Chicago Bulls who are 14-10.

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