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              === Redick expected to debut for Bucks vs. Hawks ===
 (Sports  Network)  -  The Atlanta  Hawks  are  in  the  thick of  the  Eastern
 Conference  playoff  race and will take  their push to the road Saturday, when
 they open a six-game trek against the Milwaukee Bucks.
 The  Hawks  are sixth in the  East standings and sit  only 1 1/2 games off the
 fourth  spot. They have won four of six overall and recorded a 122-108 victory
 versus  the  Sacramento Kings Friday night  as Josh Smith scored 18 points and
 Jeff Teague posted 20 and 12 assists to lead the way.
 Smith,  of  course, was  the subject  of trade rumors  and remained in Atlanta
 after   Thursday's  deadline.  He  was  rumored  to  be  headed  to  tonight's
 destination, Milwaukee.
 "I'm  glad I'm here," Smith said. "We've got to think about moving forward and
 keep pushing for better playoff position."
 The  Bucks instead  landed J.J.  Redick,  who is  expected to  make his  debut
 Saturday versus the Hawks.
 Atlanta  is  21-7 when scoring 100-plus  points and 25-2 when leading into the
 fourth quarter. It has won two in a row on the road and owns a 12-13 mark away
 from Philips Arena this season.
 Milwaukee  is also in the postseason hunt, sitting eighth in the standings and
 two games off the seventh spot, and will try to bounce back from a recent loss
 to the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night.
 Brandon  Jennings made  12-of-18  shots and  finished with  31  points and  11
 assists.  Monta Ellis netted 14 points, while Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova
 had  a double-double  apiece for  the  Bucks, losers  in six  of seven  games.
 Sanders  posted 12  points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, and Ilyasova compiled
 12 points and 12 boards.
 Jennings also added 11 assists for his seventh double-double of the season. He
 has scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games and eight times this season.
 The  Bucks blew a  54-42 halftime lead and were swept by the Nets in the home-
 and-home series.
 "Tonight,  I think fatigue  caught up to us a little bit, but I'm not going to
 blame  it  on that,"  said Sanders,  who has blocked  at least  one shot in 35
 straight games and has five or more in his last four games played.
 Sanders leads the NBA with 3.26 blocks per game and may get some new teammates
 Saturday  night. Newly-acquired guards Redick and Ish Smith and forward/center
 Gustavo  Ayon are expected to make their Milwaukee debuts versus the Hawks and
 came  over  via trade with Orlando  for forward Tobias Harris and guards Doron
 Lamb and Beno Udrih.
 "My focus right now is helping this team secure a playoff spot and hopefully a
 higher  playoff spot than  the eighth seed, and making a playoff run with this
 team,"  Redick  said. "I'm  very happy to  be back in  the mix  and to be on a
 playoff  team. I have that playoff experience and I think I can help this team
 in that regard."
 Redick and the Bucks will head to Texas for a two-game tour through Dallas and
 Houston next week.
 Milwaukee  and  Atlanta are meeting for  the first time this season. The Hawks
 went  2-1 in  last season's series and  have won four of the past six meetings
 between the teams.
 02/23 10:54:56 ET