NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 13th (All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (22-28) at Milwaukee Bucks (25-25), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to snap a four-game losing steak on Wednesday night when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to the Bradley Center.
The Bucks have actually dropped six of their last seven and their last defeats were ones not to be proud of. Milwaukee lost to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday and the Washington Wizards on Monday and both losses came at home.
Against the Wizards, who had three road wins all season, Washington took an eight-point lead into the half, then won the fourth quarter, 28-19, to get the 102-90 victory.
"I thought we had a bunch of good looks, but just couldn't make them," said Bucks interim head coach Jim Boylan. "Anytime you shoot 37 percent, it's going to be a rough night for you, especially when the other team is shooting over 50 (percent)."
The Wizards shot an astounding 56.8 percent from the field, which is the high for a Bucks opponent this season.
"Our defense was terrible," remarked Boylan.
The Bucks shot 37 percent from the field, 21 percent from the 3-point line and 59 percent from the foul line. Monta Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Dunleavy were the only Bucks in double figures.
Larry Sanders missed his third consecutive game with a lower back injury.
The Sixers will try to quickly erase Monday's home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Philly got trounced, 107-90, but the lead reached 30 before the Clippers starters were pulled.
"We can't look at this," head coach Doug Collins said. "There's going to be times when teams come in and play great. We've got to go to Milwaukee and we've got to be ready to play. Let's not check out for All-Star week."
Nick Young led the Sixers with 29 points and Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday and newly-signed Jeremy Pargo all scored 10 points.
But the Clippers shot 59 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3- point line.
The Sixers completed an eight-game homestand at 5-3 and their last road game before the long stay at home was a 110-102 setback in Milwaukee on Jan. 22.
Philly is 6-15 away from the Wells Fargo Center this season and Wednesday's contest will be the Sixers last before the All-Star break.
Holiday will be in Houston as a first-time All Star.
The Bucks have beaten the Sixers in both of this season's meetings and Philadelphia is 1-4 in its last five games in Milwaukee.
02/13 10:38:38 ET