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Wednesday, March 25th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (31-40) at Toronto Raptors (25-45), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Still in the hunt for a playoff spot, the Milwaukee Bucks will kick off a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Milwaukee is 2 1/2 games off the eighth and final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference and hasn't made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. The Bucks will also visit the Magic, Heat and Nets on the trek and are 11-24 away from the Bradley Center this season.

The Bucks have lost two in a row, four of five and seven of their last nine games overall, including Saturday's 96-84 setback versus Portland in the finale of a six-game homestand. Charlie Villanueva notched 26 points and nine rebounds to pace the Bucks, who completed the residency with a 2-4 mark.

Richard Jefferson had 16 points and Ramon Sessions ended with 10 points and seven assists in defeat. Bucks guard Luke Ridnour (back) is expected to miss Wednesday's game.

Toronto will continue a five-game homestand tonight and has split the first two tests of the residency. It ended a two-game losing streak with Sunday's 100-76 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, as Chris Bosh ended with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge.

Jose Calderon had 15 points and dished out six assists, while Shawn Marion posted 14 points and 13 boards for the Raptors, who won for just the second time in their last 11 games. Anthony Parker filled the stat sheet with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Raptors center Andrea Bargnani (sore left Achilles) is probable against Milwaukee. Toronto will also host Oklahoma City and Chicago, and is 14-20 up north in 2008-09.

Milwaukee leads the season series with Toronto by a 2-1 count, but the Raptors have won six of the past 10 matchups. Milwaukee has won 11 of its last 15 trips to Air Canada Centre.

03/25 10:38:00 ET


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