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Wednesday, March 16th (All times eastern)

Cleveland Cavaliers (34-27) at Milwaukee Bucks (25-37), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers seek their fourth consecutive win tonight when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

The Cavs are currently in a tough battle in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race. They stand tied with Washington for fourth place, but are only two games ahead of No. 6 Chicago.

Cleveland also has first place in the Central Division within range, as it sits 4 1/2 games behind Detroit.

On Tuesday, LeBron James poured in 36 points despite sitting out the final 10 minutes of the game, and the Cavaliers rolled to a 92-73 victory over Utah at Gund Arena.

James was 11-of-15 from the field and 12-of-16 on free throws for the Cavaliers, who had lost six straight before the current winning streak. Jeff McInnis added 12 points, while drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 10 apiece in the win.

Cleveland, which has lost seven straight road games, will host Philadelphia on Friday.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, has lost three straight games, including Monday's 110-71 pounding at the hands of Miami. The Heat shot 55-percent from the field in the blowout, compared to Milwaukee's paltry 32-percent clip.

Michael Redd recorded 14 points to lead the Bucks, who suffered their worst- ever loss to the Heat. Marcus Fizer had 11 points in the setback and Maurice Williams scored 10. Milwaukee has dropped six of its last eight games overall.

The Bucks, who have won two of their last three at home, will host Washington on Friday before embarking on a five-game trip.

Milwaukee and Cleveland have split two games this season, with each team winning on its own court. The Cavs have won two of the last three meetings overall.

Cleveland has lost in its last five trips to the Bradley Center.

03/16 10:06:29 ET

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