NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 17th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (11-15) at Philadelphia 76ers (10-14), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers will try to stay perfect in the Tony DiLeo era, as they close out a quick two-game homestand tonight versus the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wachovia Center.
DiLeo took over for the fired Maurice Cheeks on Saturday, just hours before the Sixers handed the Washington Wizards a 104-89 loss at the Wachovia Center in his debut. Cheeks had served as the Sixers head coach since May 2005 and got the boot after a 9-14 start to the 2008-09 season. DiLeo, who has served in the Sixers' front office for almost two decades and has coached professionally in what used to be West Germany, took over for his first coaching stint in the NBA and will serve as the head coach for the remainder of the season.
In the win against the Wizards, Elton Brand scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Lou Williams added 15 points and Thaddeus Young 14 to help Philadelphia stop a three-game losing streak and improve to 6-7 as the host this season.
On the injury front for Philly, center Samuel Dalembert (finger) is probable for Wednesday's game.
Milwaukee will continue a three-game road trip Wednesday and opened the trek with Monday's 98-83 victory over the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Michael Redd scored 21 points and dished out five assists and Andrew Bogut posted 20 and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a six-game road losing streak to improve to 5-11 as the visitor this season.
Charlie Villanueva provided 20 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Bucks, who will also visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Forward Malik Allen (ribs) is questionable for Wednesday's game.
Philadelphia went 3-1 against Milwaukee last season and has won five of the last eight meetings. These two teams have split the last 10 encounters in the City of Brotherly Love.
12/17 11:02:16 ET