NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 23rd (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (23-31) at Milwaukee Bucks (21-30), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks take aim at their seventh win in 10 games tonight, when they begin a four-game homestand against the New Jersey Nets at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee began its post-All-Star slate with a 112-102 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Charlotte Coliseum on Tuesday night. Michael Redd returned from a three-game injury hiatus to tie his season high with 39 points in the victory.
After sitting out Milwaukee's last three games with a sprained index finger, Redd went 15-of-24 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance, and scored 11 points late in the decisive fourth quarter for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Desmond Mason added 20 points, Joe Smith contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maurice Williams handed out a career-high 14 assists in the victory.
The Bucks drilled an impressive 55.7 percent from the field, including 7-of-11 (.636) from three-point range. Milwaukee also hit 17-of-26 (.654) from the charity stripe.
Milwaukee activated forward Marcus Fizer from the injured list prior to Tuesday's game and placed center Daniel Santiago on the injured list with a right eye abrasion. Fizer didn't play in the contest.
The Bucks have been decent at home this season, going 14-10 at the Bradley Center. In fact, Milwaukee has won four straight and five of its last seven home tilts.
Meanwhile, New Jersey got off to a bumpy start in its stretch run, falling 100-82 to the Toronto Raptors at Continental Airlines Arena. Vince Carter, who faced his former team for the first time since being dealt in mid-December, struggled on the night. The All-Star forward scored 22 points on just 8-of-25 shooting, including 0-for-3 from beyond the arc for the Nets.
Carter added seven boards and four assists, but never seemed to find his rhythm. Jason Kidd contributed 20 points and eight assists as New Jersey has now dropped four of six.
New Jersey shot just 37.3 percent from the field in the loss, including just 4-of-15 (.267) from three-point range. The Nets hit only 16-of-25 (.640) from the free throw line as well.
The Nets enter with nine losses in their last 13 road contests, as they are only 9-19 in foreign buildings.
These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning both games. The Bucks have won five of the last seven meetings in this series.
02/23 10:38:57 ET