When the Wizards played Milwaukee in November, Bradley Beal was ejected after picking up his first flagrant foul penalty two (which was later reduced) for knocking down Bucks guard Monta Ellis, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings got ejected for shoving Beal in the back after he tried to help up Ellis, and Washington lost its fourth consecutive game to start the season, 101-91, at Verizon Center.
Three months later, as the teams make acquaintances once again at Bradley Center, the Bucks (25-24) have a new coach in Jim Boylan after Scott Skiles stepped down and have lost three in row while the Wizards (14-35) have since welcomed back John Wall and Nene and are riding a season-high three-game winning streak and have won 10 of their past 17 games.
Beal is back for his second game since missing five in a row with a sprained right wrist but he will continue to come off the bench behind Garrett Temple.
“Nothing needs to change,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “We need to play the same way we have been playing and continue that on the road now. I always believed that you have to play better on the road than you do at home. We have to come out and get comfortable with a good start early, taking of the ball. This team ranks very high in steals in the league. That fuels them from an offensive standpoint, getting out and running, which they are very capable of doing. It’s going to be important for us to come out focused from the start, dig our heels in defensively, get ourselves set defensively, take care of the ball and rebound.”
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)