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Friday, February 22nd (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (20-34) at Detroit Pistons (39-15), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks have an opportunity for a home-and-home sweep of the powerful Detroit Pistons. But in order to accomplish the feat, they'll have to earn a rare victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills when the two Central Division members clash again this evening.

Milwaukee ended a string of five consecutive losses to the Pistons with Wednesday's 103-98 triumph at the Bradley Center. Michael Redd poured in 27 points for the Bucks, who led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter before holding on.

Andrew Bogut compiled 14 points and 14 rebounds and Desmond Mason contributed 16 points to help Milwaukee stop a four-game slide and win for just the second time in nine games.

Detroit, which has now lost back-to-back contests after ripping off 10 straight wins prior to the All-Star break, received a season-best 34 points out of Chauncey Billups and 21 from Rasheed Wallace.

Despite those recent losses, the Pistons still own a cushy nine-game advantage on second-place Cleveland in the Central standings. Milwaukee resides at the bottom of the division with a 20-34 overall record and is 19 games behind Detroit.

The Pistons made one move prior to Thursday's trade deadline, acquiring guard Juan Dixon from Toronto in exchange for backup center Primoz Brezec.

The Bucks have not enjoyed much success in the Motor City in recent years. The club has lost in eight of its last nine visits to the Palace at Auburn Hills and was throttled by a 114-69 score in Detroit on New Year's Eve.

Milwaukee has also dropped eight of its nine most recent road matchups overall and is a lowly 6-23 away from home this season.

Detroit had won seven straight home games before Tuesday's 103-85 setback to Orlando and is an impressive 21-5 as the host in 2007-08.

Following tonight's tilt, the Pistons will embark on a four-game road trip against Western Conference teams that begins Sunday in Phoenix.

02/22 10:41:24 ET


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