DAUNTING DECEMBER - Welcome to December, where 10 of the 13 Bucks games this month feature opponents
that have records of .500 or better and those 13 opponents combine for a 165-104 record (.613). If you take out
Houston (8-13) and Sacramento (4-15), the combined record is 153-76 (.668). The Bucks are at the end of a fivegame
stretch (@ Utah, @ Denver, vs. Orlando, vs. Miami and vs. Indiana) against opponents who are currently .500
or better. After the Bucks play Houston, the team then has another tough five-game stretch, at Dallas (17-4), at San
Antonio (17-3), vs. Utah (16-6), at Portland (10-11) and at the Lakers (15-6).
BIG MAN'S BIG GAME - Andrew Bogut is currently grabbing rebounds at a career-best rate. His 11.6 rebounds per
game would represent a career high if the season ended today and he would join a group of just four Bucks players
in the franchise's history to average at least 11.0 rebounds per game. The last Buck to average 11.0 rebounds per
game was Swen Nater (12.0) during the 1976-77 season. Elmore Smith (11.4 rebounds, 1975-76), Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar (six seasons of 11.0 or more rebounds) and Zaid Abdul-Aziz (13.0 rebounds, 1968-69) are the other players
on the short list. Bogut has grabbed double-digit rebounds in nine of the 14 games he has played this season and
has six double-doubles. Bogut tallied 31 points (one off his career-high) and grabbed 18 rebounds against Orlando
on Saturday. It was the second time in his career that he had a game of 30+ and 18 (the other coming on
December 21, 2009 at Indiana). The last Bucks player to record at least 30 and 18 before Bogut was Vin Baker,
who had 35 points and 21 rebounds at Washington on February 25, 1996.
NEARING NUMBERS - A few personal milestones are on the way for Bucks players. Ersan Ilyasova needs one 3-pointer (currently at 149) to reach 150.
Andrew Bogut (487) is nine blocks away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (495) for fourth in franchise history. Carlos Delfino (249) is one steal away from
250 for his career and (346) needs four threes to reach 350. Drew Gooden (445) is five steals away from 450, (596) four games away from 600 and (394)
six blocks away from 400. The Bucks franchise (1,797) is three wins from 1,800. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (991) is nine rebounds away from 1,000.
- Tonight the Bucks take on the Indiana Pacers in their fourth Central Division contest of the season. Milwaukee
is currently 1-2 against its own division with its lone win coming against the Pacers (94-90) in Indiana on Nov.
5. After tonight's game, the Bucks next Central Division match-up comes Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Chicago.
- Milwaukee has had an equal amount of turnovers or fewer turnovers than its opponent in its last seven
games. Over the last seven, Bucks foes are averaging 15.0 turnovers per game while the Bucks have just 10.9
miscues per game.
- One year after ranking 20th by drawing 20.3 fouls per game, the Bucks are now first in the league by drawing
24.6 fouls per contest.
- The Bucks are sixth in the league by grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game and tie for the league-lead by snagging
77.6 percent of the available defensive rebounds.
- In 16 career games against Indiana, Andrew Bogut is averaging 15.6 points on 56.4 percent from the field,
10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Bogut sat out with a migraine earlier this season against Indiana.
- Over the last five games, Brandon Jennings is averaging 22.6 points per game on 42.2 percent from the field,
which are both above his season averages of 18.3 ppg and 39.4 FG%.
- Milwaukee is second in opponent points in the paint, allowing 35.2 points per game. The Bucks are third in
the league in opponent second-chance points, allowing 11.4 per game.