Iverson will look to help the 76ers snap a three-game losing streak when they face the Bucks for the third time this season.
Iverson has led Philadelphia in scoring in each of the team’s 18 games this season and ranked first in the NBA in scoring with 34.2 points per game heading into Tuesday’s matchups. He has averaged 40 points in two games against Milwaukee this season, including a season-high 45 in the last matchup, a 108-97 loss on Nov. 23, while battling flu-like symptoms.
Iverson scored 19 points in the second half, while his teammates had 18 in his last meeting with Milwaukee.
“Iverson’s phenomenal,” Milwaukee’s Michael Redd said. “He’s one of the few guys in the NBA who’s unstoppable.”
Iverson averaged 45.2 points against the Bucks last season—his best against any opponent—while leading the Sixers to a four-game sweep in the season series. He has scored at least 30 points in each of his last six games against Milwaukee.
“The key is to contain everybody else around him,” Redd said. “Then, you have a chance to win.”
Iverson scored 37 points in the 76ers’ 100-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. He scored 17 of his team’s 29 points in the fourth quarter after he was held without a field goal in the third.
The Sixers, who opened the season 0-3 before winning their next six, are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.
The Bucks failed for the second time this season to win four straight, falling 111-92 to the Lakers on Tuesday. Redd scored 21 points and T.J. Ford added 16 for Milwaukee, which averaged 107.3 points per game during its winning streak.
Milwaukee forward Joe Smith, fifth on the team with 9.8 points and second with 9.0 rebounds per game, had surgery Tuesday to relieve nagging pain in his left knee and will miss six to eight weeks.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 7): Bucks - 4th place, 4 1/2 GB, Central Division. 76ers - 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bucks - Redd, 25.2 ppg; Magloire, 9.6 rpg; Ford, 7.1 apg. 76ers - Iverson, 34.2 ppg and 7.7 apg; Dalembert, 10.6 rpg.
SEASON SERIES: Bucks, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 23; Bucks, 108-97. At Milwaukee, Redd scored 32 points for the Bucks, who had five players in double figures.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bucks - 4-4 on the road; 76ers - 6-3 at home.