Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
YouWager line makers believe that all the Milwaukee Bucks needed was a change at the top. After being successful away from home, interim coach Jim Boylan and the Bucks make it back to Milwaukee to try and extend their success when meeting the slumping Philadelphia 76ers.
Boylan was promoted to replace former coach Scott Skiles at the beginning of the year after Skiles and Milwaukee (21-18) parted ways following a season-worst four-game losing streak. Thus far, the Bucks have done a great job under Boylan, winning five of seven to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Milwaukee is coming off a 3-1 trek, most recently beating the Portland Trail Blazers 110-104 on Saturday. Brandon Jennings had 30 points and eight assists for the Bucks, a team’s that’s averaging 100.3 points since Boylan took over — 4.4 more than its mark under Skiles.
The Bucks, who are 12-4 when Ilyasova scores at least 10 points, was also in a groove during a 105-96 victory versus the Sixers (17-24) on Nov. 12. Jennings had 33 points in that game as Milwaukee shot 51.3 percent and outrebounded Philadelphia 48-31.
The 76ers don’t seem to be excited about returning the favor after being handed its 15th defeat in 20 games Monday, falling 90-85 against the San Antonio Spurs. Evan Turner had 18 points, 12 boards and seven assists for Philadelphia, who led 82-75 with four minutes to go before coming undone down the stretch.
Philadelphia has been having a much harder time winning while on the road where they have dropped four straight and 12 of 14. The Sixers have been outscored by an average of 21.7 points during their last three basketball games in rivals” arenas.
Even though the Sixers have struggled, the ninth-place team sit just 3 1/2 games behind the Boston Celtics for the East’s eighth and final postseason spot. According to coach Doug Collins his team needs to significantly pick up the pace if it’s going to contend.
The 76ers have been outscored by an average of 13.0 points while going 0-7 in the second leg of back-to-backs since the start of December.