NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 24th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (17-24) at Sacramento Kings (16-23), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Milwaukee Bucks play the finale of a four- game road trip when they visit the Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.
Milwaukee enters tonight's contest on a four-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Elton Brand scored 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds, as the Clippers ran away for a 115-96 win over the shorthanded Bucks at the Staples Center.
Charlie Bell had 24 points in the loss to lead Milwaukee, which has dropped nine of its last 10 contests overall. Ruben Patterson had 16 points and Earl Boykins netted 14 in defeat.
The Bucks played without forwards Bobby Simmons and Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis), and guards Michael Redd (strained patellar tendon in left knee) and Mo Williams (sprained left shoulder). Simmons is out for the season after having surgery on his heel.
Williams is questionable for tonight's contest, while Redd and Villanueva are still sidelined with their injuries.
The Bucks are 8-17 on the road this season. After tonight's game, they return home to host the Phoenix Suns on Friday and the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Sacramento tries to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2007. Mike Bibby scored Sacramento's final 15 points, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 10.3 seconds left, as the Kings completed a rally from a 20-point third quarter deficit for an 88-87 win over the New Jersey Nets at ARCO Arena.
Ron Artest scored 21 points and Bibby netted 16 for Sacramento, which won for just the second time in 10 games overall.
The Kings are 11-11 at home this season. After tonight's contest, they will embark on a four-game road trip. Sacramento will visit the Hornets, Dallas, Memphis and Minnesota.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 4th, Bogut ended with 21 points and eight rebounds as the Bucks defeated Sacramento, 104-91, at the Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has lost two straight and four of its last five at Sacramento.
01/24 10:45:01 ET