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Friday, April 6th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (26-48) at Atlanta Hawks (27-48), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams that are in the cellar of their respective divisions meet tonight, as the Atlanta Hawks welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to Philips Arena.

This is the second of three meetings between the clubs this season. On November 14th, Michael Redd scored 30 points and completed the go-ahead three- point play with 27.6 seconds left, leading Milwaukee to a 103-101 win over the Hawks at Philips Arena.

The Bucks have won three in a row at Atlanta. Milwaukee has won five of the last seven games in the series.

Milwaukee is scheduled to host the Hawks on April 16th at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks, who are in last place in the Central Division, try to make it two straight victories this evening. Earl Boykins scored 32 points on 13-of-19 from the floor to lead Milwaukee to a 98-89 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.

Charlie Bell added 25 points for Milwaukee, while Ruben Patterson ended with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Dan Gadzuric pulled down 15 boards for the Bucks, who snapped a seven-game skid.

Redd missed Wednesday's game for Milwaukee, as the sharp-shooting guard is nursing a sore left knee. Maurice Williams also sat out with a knee injury for the Bucks.

Williams is questionable for tonight's game, while Redd, who leads the Bucks in scoring (26.8 ppg) is doubtful.

Milwaukee is a dismal 9-29 on the road this season. After tonight's game, the Bucks return to the Bradley Center for a three-game homestand. They will host New York, Orlando and Indiana on the upcoming stand.

The Hawks enter tonight's contest on a seven-game losing streak. Bostjan Nachbar scored 26 points off the bench, as the New Jersey Nets picked up a 101-86 victory very Atlanta at Continental Airlines Arena.

Salim Stoudamire scored 19 points for the Hawks, who have dropped nine of their last 10 games overall. Zaza Pachulia scored 18 points, while Josh Smith added 15 points and eight boards for Atlanta, which has lost 10 straight on the road and is in last place in the Southeast Division.

Atlanta is just 15-22 at home this season. The Hawks will visit Andre Miller and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at the Wachovia Center.

04/06 11:32:56 ET


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