NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Orlando Magic (35-44) at Milwaukee Bucks (29-50), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - There will be little fanfare in Milwaukee tonight, as the lottery bound Milwaukee Bucks host the struggling Orlando Magic at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has lost four straight, while Orlando has dropped six consecutive games. The Bucks' woes were extended on Friday night, as they fell 99-73 to the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Desmond Mason paced Milwaukee with 15 points, while teammate Joe Smith added 14. The Bucks, who have dropped 13 straight on the road, played the majority of the second half without Michael Redd, who left with left ankle tendinitis. Redd is doubtful for tonight's game and could miss the final three contests of the season.
The Bucks managed just 38.2 percent shooting, including only 1-of-6 (.167) from three-point range. Milwaukee hit only 14-of-19 (.737) at the charity stripe in the defeat.
Milwaukee, which will host two of its final three contests, is 22-17 in its friendly confines this season. The Bucks have lost four of six and five of their last nine home games.
Orlando's late season collapse continued on Friday night, as it suffered a 117-77 beating at the hands of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Steve Francis had 16 points and six assists for the hapless Magic in the loss.
DeShawn Stevenson and Stacey Augmon tallied 15 points apiece in the losing effort. The Magic hit just 34.1 percent from the field, including only 2-of-11 (.182) from three-point range. Orlando hit only 13-of-25 (.520) from the free throw line.
Magic forward Pat Garrity hurt his knee in the fourth quarter and was helped off the floor. Garrity is listed as doubtful for tonight's game.
Orlando, which will be closing out its road slate this season, is only 12-28 in foreign buildings this season. The Magic have lost 14 of their last 17 road games.
These teams have split a pair of meetings this season, both in Orlando. However, Milwaukee has won 17 of 22 and 22 of the last 32 meetings. Nonetheless, Orlando has lost 11 of 12 and 13 of its last 15 at Milwaukee.
04/16 10:06:02 ET