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Monday, January 2nd (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (16-11) at Chicago Bulls (12-17), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Central Division rivals meet tonight, as the struggling Chicago Bulls welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the United Center.

The home team has won four in a row and 17 of the last 18 contests in this series. Milwaukee has dropped two straight and seven of its last eight at Chicago.

The Bulls, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, have lost a season-worst six straight games. On Saturday, Shawn Marion had a game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 107-98 overtime win over Chicago at the United Center.

Kirk Hinrich finished with 25 points in the loss to Phoenix for the Bulls, who have lost eight of their last 10 games overall. Chris Duhon netted 16 and grabbed nine rebounds for Chicago, while Luol Deng had 16 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Chicago is just 5-8 at home this season. The Bulls, who will closeout their homestand on Wednesday versus the Seattle SuperSonics, have lost three in a row at the United Center.

Milwaukee attempts to win its second straight game. On Friday, Maurice Williams scored 30 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead the Bucks over the New York Knicks, 113-108, at the Bradley Center.

Michael Redd added 22 points and seven assists in the win over New York for the Bucks, who halted a two-game losing streak. Bobby Simmons added 18 points for Milwaukee, which pulled away in the fourth quarter and held off the struggling Knicks down the stretch.

The Bucks are 7-6 on the road this season. After tonight's game, Milwaukee returns home for a pair of contests against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Bulls.

Chicago is locked in last place in the Central Division, while the Bucks are in third place.

01/02 10:53:39 ET

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