It might be the better conditioned team, and not necessarily the most talented one, that prevails when the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks meet for the first time this season.
With each club concluding a stretch of three games in three nights, the surging Bucks look to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Pacers on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.
One night after its season-high six-game winning streak was snapped with a 100-91 home loss to Boston, Milwaukee (22-25) bounced back with a 112-92 victory at Charlotte on Friday.
Defensive-minded forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to help the Bucks move within one-half game of New York for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We wanted to come out with a lot of energy," said Mbah a Moute, averaging 7.5 points this season. "When we move and share the ball we're a good team. We imparted our will out there and were able to get an ea...