About the Mavericks: In what was considered a trap game, the Mavs traveled to Houston on Wednesday and suffered a surprisingly 102-93 loss to the lowly Rockets It happened one game after the Mavs beat the team with the best all-NBA record – Utah Jazz – on Monday 111-103 Now the Mavs face a Milwaukee team that holds the third best Eastern Conference record. “Anyone can play a bad game, right?” Goaltender Luka Doncic said after loss to Houston “So we played a horrible game as a team. We just have to flush it out and keep playing” The Mavs are 19-0 when they lead after the first quarter of the season, but have followed the Rockets, 24 -23, after the first quarter “We didn’t get off to a good start – 7-2 at the start,” said coach Rick Carlisle “We got back together a bit, but we still lost the first quarter We lost the first three quarters and that put us against Eleven (points) down before the fourth (quarter) makes things really tough “Loss to Rockets ended Mavs’ five-game winning streak The Mavs are 12-10 at home but have won six of their last eight home games Doncic has a triple-double – 28 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists – returning Jan. 15 to Milwaukee However, the Bucks came away with a 112-109 win over the Mavs in this game Doncic was named Western Conference Player of the Week for his performance last week when he was 28 on average3 ppg, 68 rpg and 63 apg Despite the terrible loss to the Rockets, the Mavs remain in first place in the Southwest Division – a game and a half ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies

About the Bucks: After 13 wins in 14 games as of February From March 19 to 24, the Bucks have seen a slowdown lately with losses in four of their last seven games This includes losing a Game 122-121 at the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo missed this contest with left knee pain He missed the last two games with the same knee problem, and his status for tonight’s game is unknown Milwaukee is in first place in the Central Division Guard Jrue Holiday signed a four-year, $ 134 million extension with the Bucks on Sunday and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for his performance last week In four games last week, Holiday averaged 268 ppg, 58 rpg, 85 apg and 25 spg and shooting 627 percent from the field, 458 percent from the 3-point territory and 857 percent from the charity strip. tallied 22 points and 10 assists in last Friday’s 127-109 win at Portland, and added 33 points and 11 assists in Saturday’s 129-128 win at Sacramento The Bucks were just 12 of 25 off the free throw line in their three-point win over the Mavs in January Antetokounmpo was just 1 in 10 off the charity strip in this contest, but when even finished with 31 points (of 14 of 21 goals) and nine rebounds Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists in this game, and added eight points in the 2:21 final which helped the Bucks hold the Mavs Tonight wraps up a six-game road trip for the Bucks before heading home to entertain the Charlotte Hornets on Friday The Bucks are 14-11 on the road and 14-9 against Western Conference competition

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