Milwaukee (8-9) at Atlanta (6-12)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Tue Dec 2, 2003
  • TV: WCGV, TSO
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The Milwaukee Bucks will likely be without two important frontcourt contributors when they open a two-game road trip by meeting the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Forward Tim Thomas, who averages 17.0 points and 5.4 rebounds, has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle. He could be joined on the sidelines Tuesday by forward Toni Kukoc, who left Monday’s 97-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls with back spasms.

Kukoc is averaging 9.5 points in 22.4 minutes per game off the bench.

Michael Redd led the Bucks with 26 points Monday, and Desmond Mason had his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

But their efforts were not enough, as the Bucks shot 38.1 percent and were outrebounded 54-44. Milwaukee has lost two of three.

Atlanta will also be looking to break out of a minor slump, as the Hawks have dropped three of their last four.

Jason Terry scored 20 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 Saturday, but the Hawks fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 98-86.

The Hawks shot just 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from 3-point range, and they had no answer for Philadelphia star Allen Iverson, who scored 50 points.

”(Iverson) wasn’t missing anything,” Hawks forward Stephen Jackson said. “When a guy is shooting like that, there’s nothing you can do.”

Abdur-Rahim’s 17-point effort against the Sixers broke his streak of four straight games with at least 26 points. He averaged 29 points during that span.

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