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Saturday, March 1st (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (39-17) at Milwaukee Bucks (22-36), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The defending world champion San Antonio Spurs go for their eighth straight victory when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the Bradley Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs this season. On November 11th, Manu Ginobili scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half as the Spurs routed Milwaukee, 113-88, at AT&T Center.

San Antonio has lost two straight and three of its last four at Milwaukee.

The red-hot Spurs open a short two-game road trip. On Thursday, Tim Duncan scored 31 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as San Antonio edged the Dallas Mavericks, 97-94, in a key Southwest Division matchup at the AT&T Center.

Ginobili added 17 points for the Spurs, who have won seven straight and 12 of their last 13 games overall. Michael Finley chipped in 16 points off the bench, while Bruce Bowen finished with 14 points and a big block in the final seconds.

San Antonio is 15-12 on the road this season. The Spurs will visit Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets on Sunday at the Izod Center.

Milwaukee tries to get back on the winning track this evening. Devin Harris scored 21 points in his Nets debut, as New Jersey crushed the Bucks, 120-106, on Thursday at the Izod Center.

Michael Redd scored 33 points for the Bucks, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Maurice Williams ended with 24 points and seven assists, while Andrew Bogut netted 22 and grabbed 15 rebounds in defeat.

The Bucks are 16-11 at home this season. They will visit Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

03/01 10:30:57 ET

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