NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 18th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (29-31) at Washington Wizards (15-46), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With six games to go on the regular season slate, the
Milwaukee Bucks still have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
Milwaukee will try to improve its postseason status once again when they open
a quick two-game road trip tonight against the Washington Wizards at the
Verizon Center. The Bucks are just 1 1/2 games behind stumbling Philadelphia
for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and have lost
three of four games since winning four in a row. The 76ers will play in
In a 105-99 loss to the Central Division-rival Indiana Pacers on Saturday,
Monta Ellis had 20 points and Brandon Jennings collected 16 points, 10 assists
and eight rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 44 percent for the game and was
outrebounded by a 54-43 margin.
"I was trying to get boards, get my other teammates involved, it wasn't
enough," said Jennings. "Picking up full court, that takes a ton out of you.
They hit some shots and we didn't."
The Bucks used a 7-0 run to pull within 90-89 with less than seven minutes to
go, but Indiana answered with a three-pointer to end Milwaukee's threat. The
Bucks will visit the Pacers Thursday and are 14-16 on the road. They have
won their last three games away from Brew City and are 8-1 in the last nine as
Washington won for just the fourth time in 16 tries with Monday's improbable
87-84 win at Chicago. Granted the Bulls were without Derrick Rose and Luol
Deng, Washington rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and
was led by Kevin Seraphin's 21 points and 13 rebounds.
John Wall had 16 points and five assists.
"This team has shown a lot of potential all year. With another good draft, and
this core group, we have an opportunity to do something special in the
future," said Wizards guard Maurice Evans, who netted 14 points.
The Wizards are 8-22 at home and haven't been swept in a season series by
Milwaukee since the 2008-09 campaign. Milwaukee has won the first three
matchups between the teams and four straight overall. It is 11-3 in the past
14 meetings with Washington.
04/18 10:42:53 ET
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