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Tuesday, January 29th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (18-27) at New Jersey Nets (18-26), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping New Jersey Nets will try to put the brakes on a season-worst nine-game losing streak when they host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Izod Center.

New Jersey, which hasn't won since a 99-88 home victory versus Seattle on January 9, just went 0-6 on a six-game road trip and suffered a 98-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at the Target Center. Richard Jefferson scored 35 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Nets, whose nine-game skid matches the franchise's longest losing streak since November 10-28, 2004.

Vince Carter poured in 25 points, while Jason Kidd had 11 points for New Jersey. The Nets have dropped three in a row as the host and are 9-14 at the Meadowlands this season.

Milwaukee will open a two-game road trip tonight at New Jersey and Philadelphia, and is 5-20 away from home this season.

The Bucks have won two of their last three games, including Sunday's 105-102 overtime triumph against the Washington Wizards at the Bradley Center. Mo Williams scored 25 and hit consecutive three-pointers in overtime to lead the Bucks to victory.

Charlie Bell added 22 points and Andrew Bogut had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee, which won for just the third time in 10 games. Royal Ivey scored a career-high 17 points for the shorthanded Bucks. Star guard Michael Redd sat out with a left knee strain, while forward Charlie Villanueva missed the game due to a lower back strain.

Redd is expected to miss Tuesday's game and Villanueva is listed as questionable against the Nets.

New Jersey posted a 97-95 win over Milwaukee on December 29 this season at the Bradley Center. The Nets have won six of seven and seven of the last 10 meetings with Milwaukee, which has dropped three straight in New Jersey.

01/29 10:46:41 ET


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