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Saturday, March 15th (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (51-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (23-42), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlantic Division-champion Boston Celtics will open a five-game road trip tonight, when they pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

The Celtics will also visit San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans, and own a 22-8 mark as the visitor in 2007-08. They have also won four straight away from TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston had a 10-game winning streak come to an end following Friday's 110-92 loss to the Utah Jazz in Beantown. Kevin Garnett had a quiet night, scoring 15 points and finishing with only four rebounds. Kendrick Perkins had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Paul Pierce had just eight points on 1-of-7 shooting for Boston, which clinched the division title after Toronto lost to Denver.

The top-seeded Celtics finished last in the Atlantic in 2006-07 with a 24-58 record. On the injury front for Boston, veteran guard Ray Allen left Friday's game with a left ankle injury, and is doubtful for tonight.

Meanwhile, the Bucks will continue a four-game homestand on Saturday and are 17-15 as the host this season. They opened the homestand with a 114-110 setback to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Charlie Villanueva had 26 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Redd also scored 26 points for the Bucks, who have lost four in a row overall and seven of their last eight contests. Charlie Bell scored 24 points and Andrew Bogut registered 11 points and 15 boards for Milwaukee.

The Bucks, who have lost three straight at the Bradley Center, will also host Miami and Cleveland. In injury news for Milwaukee, Bogut (thigh) and forward Desmond Mason (knee) are questionable for Saturday. Guard Mo Williams (abdomen) is listed as probable.

Boston posted a 104-82 victory over the Bucks on December 14 this season at TD Banknorth Garden. It has won three of the last five in this series.

The Celtics, though, have dropped 12 of their last 15 trips to Milwaukee.

03/15 10:34:20 ET


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