Milwaukee (25-45) at Charlotte (27-45)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EDT Fri Mar 30, 2007
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Not much has gone right for the Milwaukee Bucks this season, but they’ve still managed to keep their record unblemished against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bucks try to remain perfect against the Bobcats when the teams meet in Charlotte on Friday.

Milwaukee (25-45) has the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, and has the East’s worst road record at 9-28.

They have won just two of their last 20 road games, but one of the victories came in a 99-91 win at Charlotte Bobcats Arena on Jan. 15.

In the most recent meeting on March 17, the Bucks won 97-91 at home, improving to 9-0 all-time against the Bobcats franchise.

Milwaukee is the only team in the East—Dallas, Memphis, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers are the others—that has not lost to the Bobcats since they joined the NBA for the 2004-05 season.

Michael Redd had 27 points against Charlotte two weeks ago, and is averaging 26.9 points in eight career games against them.

Redd had 34 points in the Bucks’ 105-103 loss to the league-best Mavericks on Wednesday, the first time he’s topped the 30-point mark in his last nine games. He was 14-of-19 from the floor and made 4-of-5 3-pointers on Wednesday, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“I just couldn’t finish it up,” Redd said. “We wanted to try to get the upset.”

Milwaukee has lost four straight, and its defense has struggled to make many stops in those games, allowing an average of 109.0 points on 50.0 percent shooting.

The Bobcats (27-45) bounced back from consecutive losses with a 101-87 win over Atlanta on Wednesday, setting a franchise record for wins in a single season.

“It means we’re going in the right direction,” said point guard Brevin Knight, who had nine assists. “This team is better than last year’s team, better than the first year’s team. The way you prove that is by wins and losses.”

Gerald Wallace scored 31 points against the Hawks after missing Saturday’s 113-107 overtime loss to New Jersey while complaining of severe cramping and a sore hip. He was 12-of-16 from the field on Wednesday, also adding nine rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

Wallace scored 20 points in the loss to the Bucks two weeks ago after missing Charlotte’s three previous games against them due to injuries.

Emeka Okafor, who leads the Bobcats in rebounding and blocked shots, was back in the lineup against Atlanta after missing his previous 15 games with a strained left calf.

He finished with nine points and seven boards in his return. Okafor had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in his only game against the Bucks in January.

“He’s a force in the paint, and I think teams forget what he does in terms of him being an anchor for us defensively,” Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “He’s been out for 15 games, so teams have to re-acclimate themselves to how he plays. It’s his presence, he creates hurries and blocks.”

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