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Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Attendance: 18,306

Jazz's improved D gets huge test in Bucks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz

  1. The Bucks have won four straight games, including a 129-124 win at the Clippers on Wednesday. Milwaukee has scored 100+ points in 31 straight road games, the longest active streak in the NBA, and the second-longest such streak in team history (35 straight from 1969-70).
  2. Milwaukee is averaging 122.3 points per game to lead the NBA this season. Utah has the top scoring defense in the NBA this season, holding opponents to 96.6 points per game. The Jazz have not allowed more than 105 points in any game this season, while the Bucks have scored 105+ points in every game.
  3. Through eight games this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.0 points and 14.3 rebounds. The only other player in the past 35 seasons with averages of at least 29.0 points and 14.0 rebounds through eight team games in a season was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1988-89.
  4. The Jazz have outscored opponents by 9.9 points per 100 possessions when Donovan Mitchell is on the court this season; when he is off the court, Utah has been outscored by 6.3 points per 100 possessions.
  5. Bojan Bogdanovic has made 20 three-pointers this season, the most that any Jazz player has made in his first seven career games with the team.
  6. The Bucks and the Jazz split a pair of games last season, each winning on their own home court. In the last matchup in Utah, Donovan Mitchell set his career-high with 46 points in a Utah win, while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points in a losing effort.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Utah Jazz players and coaches liked their defensive effort in Wednesday night's win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Good thing, because the biggest test in the NBA is coming to town Friday, when reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Salt Lake City.

Both teams were off Thursday following their victories on Wednesday, when the host Jazz edged the 76ers 106-104 and the Bucks continued a four-game Western Conference road trip by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124.

The win over the 76ers snapped a two-game losing streak for the Jazz, who were out-rebounded 92-73 in falling to the Clippers and Sacramento Kings by a combined 12 points.

But things were far different Wednesday, when the Jazz enjoyed a 50-42 rebounding advantage against the 76ers, who entered the game as the NBA leader in rebounding percentage.

"Great defense," Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic told reporters afterward. "We knew they were going to play big and finally we controlled the boards. I think that was the key of the game tonight."

Utah also outscored the 76ers 15-10 in second-chance points.

"There's no magic often times," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder told reporters. "It's just a level of focus."

The Jazz will have their focus tested Friday by the red-hot Antetokounmpo, who appears primed to build off his monster 2018-19 season. Antetokounmpo missed a triple-double by one assist Wednesday, when he racked up 38 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and collected nine assists in leading the Bucks past the Clippers.

Antetokounmpo did all this on a night in which Clippers star small forward Kawhi Leonard -- who led the Toronto Raptors past Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals last season before the Raptors earned their first NBA title by beating the Golden State Warriors -- sat out the first game of a back-to-back set due to "load management." Leonard has missed two of Los Angeles' eight games.

"Every organization has their own way that they operate," Antetokounmpo told reporters following the game. "Obviously, I was excited to play against one of the best players in the league. I think that gets you hyped. That brings out the best of you."

Everyone the Bucks have faced thus far has gotten the best out of Antetokounmpo. Entering Thursday, Antetokounmpo ranked among the NBA's top 10 in scoring (fifth at 29.0 points per game), rebounding (third at 14.3 per game) and assists (eighth at 7.6 per game). He is the first player ever to rack up more than 200 points, more than 100 rebounds and more than 50 assists in his first eight games.

The Jazz are likely to be without guards Dante Exum (right knee) and Emmanuel Mudiay (left hamstring). Exum has yet to play this season while Mudiay has been sidelined the last two games.

Bucks guard George Hill's availability Friday is uncertain after he took an elbow to his eye at the end of Wednesday's game.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 8, 2019

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