The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping their recent success against Boston can translate into their first road win of the season when they visit the Celtics at the FleetCenter.
Milwaukee has dropped all six of its road games this season, and Bucks coach Terry Porter there are a lot of reasons for his team’s inability to win away from the Bradley Center.
“The most important thing is you have to execute better,” Porter said. “You can’t allow the home team to have big spurts and then let the crowd energy feed into the game. We have to make sure that on the road, we play with a chip (on our shoulder), play with more urgency than maybe you do at home, where you have that comfort level.
“Your shot selection has to be good. You have to be on top of your game.”
Playing at home didn’t alleviate the problem Tuesday night, as the Bucks dropped a 95-90 decision to the Lakers on Tuesday night.
The Bucks have now dropped seven of their last eight games overall and are hoping that their success against the Celtics can remedy that problem.
Milwaukee holds a very slight 82-78 lead in the all-time series, including 21 of the last 29 meetings.
Over the past 12 years, the Bucks have held their own on the road against the Celtics, posting a 12-11 record in Boston in their last 23 games.
The Celtics come into this game having snapped a four-game skid with a 117-101 win over the Magic on Monday night.
The victory was a small measure of revenger for Boston coach Doc Rivers, who was fired by Orlando a year ago, after four-plus seasons, when the team stumbled out to a 1-10 start. Rivers, the NBA’s coach of the year in 2001, had a 171-168 record with three trips to the playoffs.
“I know Doc is feeling pretty good about this team and the fact they let him go this year,” said Paul Pierce, whose 24 points led seven players in double figures. “It worked out for him and the team tonight.”