The Los Angeles Clippers look for their third straight win Saturday night as they face a depleted Milwaukee Bucks squad at Staples Center. Milwaukee is without center Andrew Bogut, who is missing his third straight game for undisclosed personal reasaons, and guard/forward Mike Dunleavy, who will miss his fourth straight game with groin pain.
The Clippers are completing a four-game homestand on Saturday, of which they have won two of the first three games. Chris Paul had 20 points and 10 assists in Wednesday's 117-89 blowout win over the Houston Rockets, the largest margin of victory for the Clippers since beating Sacramento by 31 in April 2009.
Blake Griffin had 22 points and nine rebounds in the victory, and on the season is in the top 15 in the NBA in both scoring (25.2 points per game, sixth in the league) and rebounding (9.2 rpg, 13th). Griffin is shooting 56.8% from the field in the early going. In two games against the Bucks last season, Griffin averaged 25.5 points and 11.5 rebounds.
Compton native Brandon Jennings leads Milwaukee averaging 19.8 points per game this season and is playing 38.7 minutes per contest, fifth-most in the NBA. The Bucks are playing the fourth game of a five-game road trip on Saturday, and so far this season Milwaukee is 0-4 on the road.
The Clippers and Bucks split two games last season, and the Clippers have won three straight against them in Los Angeles. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 season, the Clippers have won 13 of their last 20 games against Milwaukee.
Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Prime Ticket and NBA TV. For more Clippers news and information, be sure to read Clips Nation.