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Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 17,155

Familiar faces on both sides as Bucks host Cavaliers

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. The Cavaliers won three of four against the Bucks in 2017-18, winning the season series for the fourth consecutive season. Cleveland has scored at least 100 points in 14 straight games against Milwaukee, the team's longest-active streak against any opponent.
  2. Cleveland has won two of its last four games, most recently beating the Wizards, 116-101. The Cavs made a season-high 15 three-pointers at a 48.4-percent clip in the win, moving the team to 4-0 this season when shooting at least 45.0 percent from beyond the arc.
  3. In Milwaukee's 104-99 win over Toronto, the team recorded its 14th game this season with 15+ three-pointers made, tying Houston for the most such games in the league this season. Prior to this season, the Bucks had just 10 games all-time with 15 or more three-pointers made.
  4. Milwaukee has the largest improvement of any team in the NBA in three-point makes per game (+5.5), going from 8.8 makes per game last season to 14.3 this season. This season, Cleveland is averaging 8.7 three-pointers after averaging 12.0 last season, good for the largest decrease (-3.3) of any team.
  5. Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 23 points to go along with 19 rebounds in the Cavs' win over Washington. In Cleveland's six wins this season, Thompson has averaged 16.3 points and 16.7 rebounds on 60.0 percent shooting from the field.
  6. Malcolm Brodgon enters tonight with 51.6/48.0/97.7 percent shooting splits on the season. He and Stephen Curry are the only players this season with 50.0+/40.0+/90.0+ percent shooting splits (minimum 15 games).

Visiting players are still getting used to the Milwaukee Bucks' brand-new arena.

Fortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they'll have a pair of pretty knowledgeable tour guides when they make the trek to Milwaukee for a Monday night contest against the Central Division-leading Bucks.

Cleveland acquired forward John Henson and point guard Matthew Dellavedova, along with a pair of draft picks, from the Bucks Friday night in exchange for veteran point guard George Hill and third-year forward Sam Dekker -- who was later shipped by the Bucks to Washington for center Jason Smith.

George had been mentoring rookie point guard Collin Sexton, Cleveland's first-round draft pick, this past summer. That role will now fall to Dellavedova, who went from an undrafted rookie to a key cog on the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Championship squad, making a name for himself with tenacious effort on defense and an ability to create for his teammates on the offensive end.

"He will be good for Collin on the days that we do practice, he will be good for Collin because of the way he plays, how scrappy he is," Cavs center Tristan Thompson said of Dellavedova. "When he gets in, it's those kinds of plays that he makes, it's momentum swings and high energy so we will definitely embrace that."

Henson is sidelined until at least spring after undergoing wrist surgery but Dellavedova, who received a standing ovation from Cleveland fans Saturday night against Washington could see his first action Monday night.

"It makes me feel great," Dellavedova said. "My time here was really special and I loved every minute of it. It makes me excited to get back out there and play for everyone in this city because it's a special place."

Hill and Smith joined the team Sunday in Toronto but did not suit up for the Bucks' 104-99 victory. With a short turnaround before facing the Cavaliers, the team isn't scheduled to have a formal practice or shoot-around session Monday morning but Budenholzer said his staff was working on getting both players acclimated to a new system.

"We'll find a way to get them some time (Monday) morning and get them familiar with our terminology," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We're definitely looking forward for finding a way for them to help us."

They join a Milwaukee squad that bounced back from a 10-point loss to Golden State Friday night with an impressive victory Sunday evening in Toronto and will be looking to post consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game winning streak in late-November.

The Bucks have gone 4-4 since that streak, which featured victories over the Bulls, Nuggets and Blazers, but their last two victories have come against Detroit and Toronto, two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

"It's very early, it's December," Budenholzer said. "But it's certainly good to go on the road and win in a tough environment. We just have to keep building on this.

"We're just building and trying to get better."

Updated December 9, 2018

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