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Saturday, November 18th (All times eastern)

Indiana Pacers (4-5) at Milwaukee Bucks (3-6), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Central Division rivals square off tonight, as the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers meet in the first of a home-and-home set at the Bradley Center.

The teams will play again on Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Milwaukee comes into tonight's game having lost five of its last six games overall. On Wednesday, Jason Kidd registered 25 points,eight rebounds and 11 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-87 victory over the Bucks at Continental Airlines Arena.

Maurice Williams scored 26 points and Michael Redd netted 25 in the loss to New Jersey for the Bucks. Ruben Patterson contributed 15 points in the contest.

On the injury front for Milwaukee, forward Charlie Villanueva, who did not play against New Jersey, suffered a torn left elbow ligament in the second quarter of Milwaukee's 103-101 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday. He is expected to miss four-to-six weeks of action.

The Bucks are 1-2 at home this season.

Indiana, meanwhile, has lost three in a row and four of its last five games. It suffered a 100-91 loss against the New Jersey Nets on Friday night from Conseco Fieldhouse.

Al Harrington netted 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, for the Pacers. Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards and Jamaal Tinsley poured in 16 points and six assists in the losing cause.

Indiana and Milwaukee split four meetings last season. The Pacers have won four of the last six meetings in the series.

Indiana has also lost two straight and six of seven at the Bradley Center.

11/18 10:52:02 ET


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