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Wednesday, March 23rd (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (27-39) at Los Angeles Clippers (30-37), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams that will most likely be watching the postseason from the sidelines meet tonight, as the Los Angeles Clippers welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the Staples Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On February 4th, the Bucks knocked off the Clippers, 92-90, at the Bradley Center. With the victory, Milwaukee snapped a two-game series losing streak.

Overall, the home team has won eight of the last nine contests in this series. The Clippers have won three of five and five of the last eight meetings. Milwaukee has lost four straight at the Clippers.

The Clippers are 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while Milwaukee is five games behind Philadelphia for No. 8 in the East.

LA plays the third contest of a four-game homestand. The Clippers are 1-1 on the current stand.

On Monday, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand each scored 22 points as the Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 96-89, at the Staples Center. Bobby Simmons added 15 points and center Chris Kaman contributed a double- double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Clippers halt a two-game slide.

The Clippers, who are 13-28 when they score under 100 points this season, are 23-13 as the host.

Milwaukee attempts to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. The Bucks will play the third of a five-game road trip tonight.

On Tuesday, All-Star Rashard Lewis scored 29 points and Luke Ridnour poured in a career-high 21 points and dished out nine assists to lead the Seattle SuperSonics over the Bucks, 92-84, at KeyArena.

Michael Redd had 22 points in the loss to Seattle to lead the Bucks, who have lost five of their last seven overall. Desmond Mason added 21 points for Milwaukee.

The Bucks are a dismal 7-26 on the road this season. Milwaukee has lost six in a row as the visitor and is 2-8 in its last 10 away from home.

03/23 10:09:37 ET

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