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Wednesday, January 3rd (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (16-15) at Washington Wizards (17-13), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards try to get back on the winning track when they close out a home-and-home series with the Milwaukee Bucks this evening at the Verizon Center.

Washington had its five-game winning streak halted with Saturday's 119-102 loss to the Bucks at the Bradley Center. Caron Butler notched 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost control of the game in the fourth quarter by getting outscored 37-17. Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and Antawn Jamison added 17 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

The Wizards, who are a half game behind Orlando in the Southeast Division, have won four straight at home and own an 11-3 mark as the host this season.

Milwaukee has won seven of its last eight, including last weekend's win over the Wizards.

Michael Redd posted 28 points and eight rebounds and Ruben Patterson scored 21 points for the Bucks, who won their seventh straight at home for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Charlie Bell netted 19 points and Maurice Williams had 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Andrew Bogut added 14 points and 12 boards in the win for the Bucks, who are last in the Central standings and 7-11 on the road this season.

The 2006-07 season series between Milwaukee and Washington is tied at a game apiece. The Bucks halted a two-game losing streak in the series with a win last Saturday and has won three of five and four of the last seven meetings.

Milwaukee has dropped two in a row and four of its last five trips to Washington.

01/03 10:48:00 ET

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