The Milwaukee Bucks will to try to avoid their fifth straight loss at home for the first time in more than six years as they host the Los Angeles Clippers, a team they’ve played well against on their own court.
The Bucks have lost just once at home to the Clippers in the last seven meetings between the two teams. However, Los Angles has won four of the last five matchups overall.
All five starters scored in double figures for Milwaukee en route to a 92-86 win Friday over the Boston Celtics. It was just the third win in 10 games for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Milwaukee and Philadelphia are tied for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, and the Bucks extended their lead to 3 1/2 games over ninth-place Chicago with the victory.
“This is a big win for us,” said Bucks coach Terry Stotts, whose team has not lost five in a row at home since a seven-game losing streak from Feb. 5-25, 2000. “There’s no two ways about it. Boston’s been playing well. We needed a win in a bad way.”
Michael Redd scored 26 points to lead Milwaukee while Bobby Simmons (18), Jamaal Magloire (16), T. J. Ford (11) and Andrew Bogut (11) also scored in double figures. The Bucks outrebounded the Celtics 48-36 and commited less than 10 turnovers for the third time in four games.
“It helps our confidence out,” said Redd, who scored 10 fourth-quarter points. “We had been down and lost a couple games in a row. Tonight definitely gives us a boost.”
Sam Cassell scored 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting Friday to pace the Clippers to a 107-96 win over the Bulls for their first road victory in more than a month. It was Cassell’s best performance since Nov. 2, when he scored 35 in a season-opening win over Seattle.
“The big difference this year is having veterans with Sam and Cuttino (Mobley), we’ve got people who have been tested,” said Elton Brand, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds. “They’ve been through it. That has really changed our team. Sam is a perfect example of that and especially today.”
The Clippers hit 33 of 37 from the foul line.
Los Angeles has won five of its last seven games following a season-high five-game losing streak.