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Saturday, October 30th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (0-2) at Milwaukee Bucks (0-2), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Playoff participants from a season ago, both the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats come into tonight's tilt at the Bradley Center with identical 0-2 marks.

Charlotte was swept in four games by Orlando in the first round of the postseason and Milwaukee took Atlanta the full seven games before bowing out in the decisive contest.

The Bobcats opened the season with a loss at Dallas and suffered a 104-101 setback versus Indiana Friday night from Time Warner Cable Arena. Gerald Wallace poured in 29 points and D.J. Augustin had 17 for the Bobcats, who got 13 points from Boris Diaw.

"They've got great shooters," Wallace said of the Pacers. "Their guards, T.J. Ford and (Darren) Collison, do a great job of getting in the middle and finding their shooters, and (Roy) Hibbert is a big threat at the rim. They spread the floor out good and took advantage of it."

Charlotte will begin a three-game road trip Saturday against Milwaukee, New Jersey and Detroit.

The Bucks will celebrate their home opener tonight after losing consecutive road tilts at New Orleans and Minnesota.

In Friday's 96-85 setback to the Timberwolves, Corey Maggette had 23 points and Brandon Jennings netted 14 for Milwaukee, which was outrebounded by a staggering 62-39 margin.

"The engine of the team is Ridnour," Maggette said of the Minnesota guard that posted 13 points, seven assists and six boards against his former team. "We had a tough time tonight."

Milwaukee will also welcome Portland to the Land of Cheese.

The Bobcats and Bucks split a four-game series a year ago, but Milwaukee has won 16 of the 22 meetings between the clubs. The Bucks have won five in a row and 10 of 11 as the host in this series.

10/30 10:40:33 ET


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