NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 30th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (29-44) at Toronto Raptors (20-53), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The pilot light that is a possible playoff berth for the Milwaukee Bucks is still burning, as they resume a three-game road trip tonight against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Milwaukee is aiming for back-to-back appearances in the postseason and is three games behind Indiana for the final berth with Charlotte only a game out of the conference's eighth seed.
The Bucks have nine games remaining in the regular season and will resume a three-game road trip up north. They opened the trek with Monday's 87-86 loss in Charlotte, as Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings both finished with 26 points and nine assists.
"This was a game we should have won," Jennings said. "It was a must-win game. We had chances down the end and we just didn't make the plays."
Milwaukee All-Star guard Michael Redd made his season debut after undergoing knee surgery more than a year ago, dishing out four assists in 15-plus minutes of action. Redd appeared in just 18 games during the 2009-10 campaign and 51 games in the previous two seasons.
The Bucks have lost two in a row and six of nine games, and are 10-25 away from Brew City in 2010-11. They will also visit Indiana on the trek.
Toronto is playing out the string and will miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season. It just went 1-4 on a five-game road swing and lost the last four tests of the trek, including Saturday's 94-90 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Ed Davis had a career-best 21 points to go with 11 rebounds while Jose Calderon chipped in 16 points for the Raptors, who got 14 points apiece from James Johnson and Leandro Barbosa.
"I thought we battled most of the night, but that's two games in a row that the zone hurt us," Raptors coach Jay Triano said.
Raptors star forward Andrea Bargnani did not play against the Clippers because of a bone spur in his ankle and is questionable for tonight. Bargnani leads the team with 21.8 ppg this season.
The Raptors are 14-22 in Ontario this season. Forward Reggie Evans (foot) is listed as questionable for Wednesday.
Milwaukee has won two of the first four meetings with Toronto this season and will also host the Raptors on April 11 at the Bradley Center. The Bucks have won six of the previous eight encounters with the Raptors, losers in 12 of the past 18 meetings as the host in this series.
03/30 10:59:59 ET