The Suns won the first matchup of the season by a 109-93 score on Jan. 8 in the desert and are unbeaten in the last three encounters with Milwaukee, which is only 2-14 in the previous 16 contests in this series. Phoenix has enjoyed success in Brew City as well, having won 15 of the past 20 games there.
Luckily for the Bucks this game is at their place since they have lost the last 24 trips to Arizona.
Phoenix is in the midst of playing seven of nine games away from the Valley of the Sun and improved to 5-8 as the visitor with Monday's 99-90 triumph in Atlanta courtesy of 24 points and 11 assists by Steve Nash. Channing Frye contributed 19 points and nine rebounds, while Jared Dudley netted 10 points for the Suns, who have won three of four games this month.
"We're starting to play better," Frye said. "We just have to continue getting out and running and being unselfish."
Former Bucks star Michael Redd had 10 points off the bench and will face his former team for the first time. Redd, who signed with the Suns in December, had spent his entire career with Milwaukee, averaging 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 578 contests over 11 seasons.
However, he has been limited to just 61 games over the last three seasons because of knee injuries. He tore the MCL and ACL in his left knee during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Milwaukee has lost two in a row since a season-best three-game winning streak and is coming off of Saturday's 113-90 loss versus the Chicago Bulls. Drew Gooden had 24 points and Tobias Harris collected 19 for the Bucks, who are still a solid 7-3 as the host.
"They just got off to a great start," said Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, who had just eight points and was in early foul trouble. "(Kyle) Korver wasn't missing, (Derrick) Rose wasn't missing in the beginning. They were moving the ball well as a team."
Jennings, however, has posted 20-plus points in nine of the last 11 games, averaging 22.5 ppg over that span. Milwaukee is 3-1 at home against the Western Conference this season.