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Friday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (5-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-11), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies play the finale of a three-game road trip when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Bradley Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the squads this season. The Grizzlies are scheduled to host Milwaukee on December 27th at the FedExForum.

The Grizzlies have lost two of their last three at Milwaukee. Memphis has won three of the last four games in this series.

Memphis is 1-1 on the current swing. Rookie Rudy Gay hit the game-winning jump shot with 2.6 seconds on the clock, as the Grizzlies edged the Boston Celtics, 98-96, on Wednesday at TD Banknorth Garden.

Chucky Atkins scored 19 points and dished out six assists in the win over Boston for the Grizzlies, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Dahntay Jones and Lawrence Roberts both scored 18, while Hakim Warrick and Mike Miller added 12 points apiece in the victory.

The Grizzlies, who attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, are just 2-9 as the visitor. They return home to host Elton Brand and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at the FedExForum.

Milwaukee wraps up a short two-game homestand. On Wednesday, Michael Redd scored 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 102-94 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Bradley Center.

Ruben Patterson had 26 points and seven boards in the win over Portland for the Bucks, while Maurice Williams added 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Milwaukee, which has won two of its last three games overall.

On the injury front for Milwaukee, forward Charlie Villanueva (torn ligament in left elbow) is questionable for tonight's contest. He has missed the last 10 games, and is averaging 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season.

The Bucks are 3-4 at home this season. They will visit the New York Knicks on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

12/08 10:55:36 ET


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