The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a road victory, having lost six of their seven contests away from home this season. On Saturday night at the Bradley Center, the Milwaukee Bucks just might be the team to provide that opportunity for the Lakers. Both Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson are out for the Bucks, leaving them without two of their top three scorers.
Bogut fractured his left ankle Wednesday in Houston, and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks. Milwaukee is 7-5 this season with Bogut, who is averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per contest this season, and 0-6 without their Australian center.
Jackson, averaging 12.8 points in 17 games this season, was suspended for one game by the NBA for "verbal abuse of a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner" at the end of Friday night's 107-100 road loss to the Chicago Bulls at United Center.
The absence of Bogut and Jackson leaves the Bucks with only one player scoring in double figures this season, in Los Angeles native Brandon Jennings, who is averaging 20.4 points per contest this season. Drew Gooden is the second-leading active scorer for Milwaukee this season, at 9.4 points per game.
Saturday night's 5:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.