The Bucks look to avoid a third straight loss when they return to the Bradley Center to face the Kings on Saturday night.
Milwaukee (11-13) lost 107-106 in overtime to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in its most recent home game, but the Bucks are 9-4 and averaging 104.3 points at the Bradley Center, compared with a 2-9 record and 91.2 scoring average on the road.
A visit from Sacramento (11-14) could help the Bucks bounce back from both Wednesday’s defeat and a frustrating 85-82 loss at Cleveland on Friday. The Kings are 1-11 on the road, where they’ve lost eight in a row including a 112-96 defeat at lowly Minnesota on Friday to open a three-game road trip.
“Our last shot was a terrible shot,” said Bucks coach Scott Skiles, whose team has dropped seven games by three points or fewer. “We needed a much better shot than that. We had something else going. We’ll have to address that.”
Jennings, who was fined $7,500 by the NBA earlier Friday for posting a message on his Twitter account too soon after Milwaukee’s 108-101 double-overtime win over Portland last weekend, is averaging a team-leading 20.5 points overall, but only 15.7 on 32.7 percent shooting in his last three games.
The fourth overall pick, Evans is averaging a team-leading 19.8 points but was held to 10 and shot 4 of 12 against the Timberwolves. It marked his lowest scoring total since a 3-point effort against Memphis on Nov. 2. Evans has reached double digits in all but two games he’s played.
“He looked a little worn down,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said. “He’s got a knee that’s bothering him a little bit, and I’m sure that slowed him down.”
Like Milwaukee, Sacramento has been one of the NBA’s early surprises after winning 17 games in 2008-09, but was held to fewer than 100 points for only the third time in the last 15 games Friday.
“I don’t know if we’re tired. I don’t know if we’re believing all the good things people are saying about us,” said Westphal, whose club lost for the sixth time in eight games overall. “We just had a bad game, but we’re young.”
The Kings haven’t won on the road since beating Utah 104-99 on Nov. 7. Sacramento has also lost two of its last three trips to Milwaukee, including 106-104 in the teams’ most recent meeting Jan. 24. The Bucks swept last season’s two-game series.