The Suns have proven nearly unbeatable since last month’s 96-94 loss to the Bucks. That setback extended the Suns’ skid to a season-worst six, but they’ve won eight of 10 while averaging 114.6 points. Phoenix is coming off their second-highest scoring total of the season in Sunday’s 125-109 win over Toronto.
Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Suns shot 53.9 percent while outscoring the Raptors 64-48 in the paint and 34-16 in transition, improving to 10-1 when they have at least 23 fast-break points.
Goran Dragic, who is averaging 19.4 points over the last seven games, was held out of the first meeting against the Bucks on December 15 with a minor back injury. He is averaging 23.7 points on 60.0 percent shooting in his last three road games against the Bucks. The Suns are 17-6 in Milwaukee since 1991-92.
Isaiah Thomas is another player to watch for the Suns. He’s averaging 25.0 points on 58.5 percent shooting over a three-game stretch against the Bucks. The Suns are 8-0 when he scores more than 20.
Phoenix has won seven of eight road games against Eastern Conference opponents this season and five in a row overall.
The Bucks improved to 8-39 against the Suns since March 1991 after squeaking out a close 96-94 victory at Phoenix last month behind Khris Middleton’s buzzer-beating three-pointer. That win was costly though as Jabari Parker went down with what turned out to be a torn ACL early in the second half. Parker was averaging 12.3 points to rank second on the team before suffering the season-ending injury.
The Bucks are 5-5 in 10 games without Parker, but they have won four of the last six while holding opponents to an average of 86.2 points. They came out with another strong showing in Sunday’s 95-82 road victory against the Knicks to move three wins past last season’s total. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zaza Pachulia combined for 32 points and 26 rebounds as the Bucks held a 14-7 edge on the offensive glass.