NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (2-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (5-8), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to snap a six-game losing
streak Friday night when they visit the Wells Fargo Center to meet the
The Bucks haven't won since Nov. 6 at home against Cleveland and have dropped
three straight on the road.
Milwaukee's most recent setback came Wednesday when the Portland Trail Blazers
knocked off the Bucks, 91-82. The Bucks only managed 31 points in the second
half, but are at least getting some pieces back in the lineup.
"I think we're still trying to figure it out. We've got a lot of new guys who
are just coming back (from injury) into the rhythm of the game, and we're
still trying to figure it out," said guard Luke Ridnour, who played in his
third game of the season on Wednesday.
Larry Sanders is still out after right thumb surgery and Brandon Knight is
listed as questionable with a strained right hamstring.
The Bucks held Portland to 40.7 percent shooting, but committed 19 turnovers,
which the Blazers translated into 20 points.
Ridnour was Milwaukee's leading scorer on Wednesday with a meager 13 points.
Gary Neal scored 11 off the bench and Zaza Pachulia also netted 11. John
Henson had 10 for the second unit.
The Sixers have dropped four in a row, including an 0-3 road trip and home
setback to the Toronto Raptors, 108-98 on Wednesday.
Spencer Hawes continued his sensational start this season with 28 points and
10 rebounds. Evan Turner had 13 points and 10 boards, while James Anderson
also scored 13.
Michael Carter-Williams returned from a four-game absence because of a sore
foot and managed 10 points.
"I was a little anxious at first to get out there, I was a little rusty,"
Carter-Williams said. "I'm staying positive, staying with the team, we're just
trying to win a game."
The Sixers committed a whopping 20 turnovers in the loss.
Thaddeus Young did not play against the Raptors for personal reasons and his
availability for Friday night is unknown.
The Bucks took three of four from the Sixers last season, including a win in
Philadelphia. Despite that victory, Milwaukee has dropped eight of its last 10
in the City of Brotherly Love.
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