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Friday, March 24th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (34-34) at Los Angeles Lakers (36-34), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers attempt to win their third straight game, as they host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Staples Center.

The Lakers are No. 7 in the Western Conference playoff race and have a one- game lead over eighth-seeded Sacramento, while the Bucks are the seventh seed in the East and trail the No. 6 Indiana Pacers by just one game.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On December 6th, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points as the Lakers defeated the Bucks, 111-92, at the Bradley Center.

The Lakers have won nine in a row in this series. The last time the Bucks beat the Lakers was on March 21, 2001 in front of their home crowd.

Milwaukee has lost four in a row and 12 of its last 13 at the Lakers.

Los Angeles plays the second of a four-game homestand. On Wednesday, Bryant dropped in 28 points on 11-of- 20 shooting from the field, as the Lakers defeated the Kings, 87-80, at the Staples Center.

Kwame Brown added a season-high 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win over the Kings for the Lakers, who have won two straight and three of their last five games overall. Lamar Odom registered 13 points,eight rebounds and eight assists in the victory.

The Lakers are 19-13 as the host this season. They will also play the Hornets and Spurs on the current stand.

Milwaukee will try and get back on the winning track, as it plays the finale of a three-game road trip. On Wednesday, Chris Wilcox had a career-high 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Seattle SuperSonics to a 114-105 victory over the Bucks at KeyArena.

Michael Redd scored 26 points and Bobby Simmons and Dan Gadzuric both netted 14 in the loss to Seattle for the Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak halted.

The Bucks are just 14-20 on the road this season.

03/24 11:02:54 ET


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