The Bucks will try to avoid an eighth straight loss and win for the first time since their leading scorer returned from injury when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday in a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams.
Milwaukee (19-37) has lost seven straight and 22 of its last 25 games, while Philadelphia (18-37) has dropped four of five.
Redd, who missed 20 games because of a patellar tendon strain in his left knee and averages a team-high 27.3 points, continues to regain his form. He’s averaging 22.3 points in three games back, highlighted by a 38-point effort Wednesday in a double-overtime loss at Indiana.
On Friday night, Redd was held to 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting in another frustrating defeat, 95-93 at New York. The Knicks won the game when Channing Frye made two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining. A video review put that much time back on the clock after officials called a foul on Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut.
The game originally appeared to be headed for overtime.
“There’s a lot of surprises in a basketball game,” said Bogut, who had 19 points and nine rebounds. “That was a pretty big one.”
Mo Williams scored 28 points and had 10 assists Friday, but Milwaukee scored below its 99.6 season average for the fourth time in five games.
The Bucks could be without guard Earl Boykins Saturday after he missed Friday’s game with an injured thumb. Boykins is averaging 14.3 points in 20 games with the Bucks since being acquired from Denver in a Jan. 11 trade.
After defeating the Knicks on Wednesday, the 76ers failed to string two wins together Friday night, falling 102-87 at Charlotte. Philadelphia committed 18 turnovers and allowed the Bobcats to shoot 51.3 percent from the field.
“Tonight was just bad. We played so horrible,” said 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala, who had 10 points, well below his team-leading 17.4 average. “We didn’t do anything right.”
Iguodala has scored just 34 total points on 7-for-36 shooting over his last three games after scoring more than 20 in each of his previous six contests. He has played well in two games against Milwaukee this season, averaging 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.
The young 76ers, who fell to 13-19 since trading star Allen Iverson to Denver but were just 5-18 before the deal, have shown signs of improvement and continue to look toward the future.
“I think this team tries hard and plays hard together,” said forward Steven Hunter. who scored 14 points against Charlotte. “Each and every game is a building block for the playoffs or next season. We just want to get better and continue to develop chemistry.”
These teams have split their two previous meetings this season, with the home team winning each time.