Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/31

Game 1: Wednesday, January 31st
Game 2: Tuesday, February 6th
Game 3: Monday, March 5th
Game 4: Monday, April 9th

Magic 111

(25-24, 9-14 away)

Bucks 116

(19-30, 11-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2007

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 26 33 23 29111
    MIL 28 35 25 28116

    Top Performers

    Orl: D. Howard 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: R. Patterson 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Magic-Bucks Preview


    Michael Redd hopes to be back in the lineup to help the Milwaukee Bucks snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday when they host the struggling Orlando Magic.

    Redd -- the Bucks' leading scorer with 27.7 points per game -- has missed the last 15 games with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee suffered in a loss to Cleveland on Jan. 5. Without the swingman, the Bucks (18-30) have gone 2-13. They are in last place in the Central Division, 11 games behind first-place Detroit.

    Redd's backcourt mate Mo Williams did not feel comfortable without him Saturday despite scoring a career-high 38 points on 16-of-31 shooting in Milwaukee's 117-98 loss to Miami.

    "I definitely don't feel comfortable shooting 31 times," said Williams, whose 18.2 points per game rank second on the team. "When Mike is there, I'm 15, 16 shots. I'm comfortable with that."

    Redd, a second-round draft pick in 2000, has blossomed into a star, leading the Bucks in scoring in each of the last three seasons with successively higher averages.

    Milwaukee hopes the All-Star's return will provide a scoring lift for a team that has only managed to average 90.5 points in his absence after averaging 103.2 points in the 33 games this season when Redd played.

    Redd is averaging 22.1 points in 17 games against the Magic, but missed Milwaukee's 98-73 loss at Orlando on Wednesday.

    His return could help the Bucks keep their six-game home winning streak over the Magic intact. They have also only lost to Orlando once in the last 15 meetings at the Bradley Center, with the defeat coming on Nov. 2, 2002.

    Orlando (25-23) lost 94-86 to New York on Saturday, as the Magic shot 37.7 percent (29-for-77) from the field en route to their ninth defeat in 12 games.

    "We didn't deserve to win tonight's game," coach Brian Hill said. "Obviously we didn't make shots, but we took way too many jump shots to begin with. For us to be effective we obviously have to make shots."

    The Magic appeared to be finding consistency in the previous two games, beating Milwaukee 98-73 on Wednesday and routing New Jersey 119-86 on Friday, but they failed to establish the inside game against the Knicks.

    Orlando will need to improve its shooting without the help of swingman Grant Hill, who will be sidelined up to three weeks with a knee sprain. Orlando's second-leading scorer -- averaging 15.1 points -- will miss his third game since suffering the injury in last Wednesday's victory over the Bucks.

    Hedo Turkoglu had a team-high 17 points in that win. He will need to rebound from a subpar performance against the Knicks on Saturday, though, when he scored 13 points and shot just 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from the floor.