While Chicago and Indiana try to overcome injuries to their top players, the Milwaukee Bucks have gotten out to the early lead in the Central Division.
They'll look to get off to their best eight-game start in 11 years by earning just their second victory in the last 13 meetings with the visiting New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.
Milwaukee (5-2) had one of its better performances of the young season Wednesday, leading by as many as 32 points in a 99-85 victory over Indiana. The Bucks find themselves ahead of the division's projected top two as Chicago plays without former MVP Derrick Rose and Indiana continues on without star forward Danny Granger.
''We played some of our best defense in the first half and some of our best offense as well,'' coach Scott Skiles said. ''We moved the ball well. Overall, it was a very well-played game.''
Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 16 points each while Samuel Dalembert added 14 for the Bucks, ...