Milwaukee (12-20) at Charlotte (11-20)

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  • Game info: 6:00 pm EST Sun Jan 6, 2008
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Michael Redd has been the Milwaukee Bucks’ most consistent player, but even he is beginning to struggle on the road. It’s unclear how long he might have to wait to turn things around.

With Redd’s status uncertain, the Bucks look to notch a rare road win when they continue their season series with the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.

Redd did not play Friday night in Milwaukee’s 101-77 loss to Washington after bruising his left thigh in a win at Miami on Wednesday night.

The Bucks’ leading scorer is averaging 23.4 points per game, but is listed as day-to-day and coach Larry Krystkowiak isn’t sure if Redd would even make this two-game road trip that ends Tuesday in Philadelphia. Milwaukee is 6-24 since the beginning of last season when playing without Redd, who started all of Milwaukee’s previous 31 games.

Even with Redd, the Bucks (12-20) have gone just 3-15 on the road.

Redd has been one of the league’s best scorers over the past four seasons, but he has had trouble on the road in recent weeks. The veteran guard had been held under 10 points just three times this season, each occurring in Milwaukee’s last six road games.

Redd was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting against the Heat on Wednesday, but the Bucks managed to snap a nine-game road losing streak with a 103-98 win.

Charlie Bell replaced Redd in the lineup versus the Wizards, and was held scoreless after finishing with 12 points against the Heat. Milwaukee is 5-16 since a 7-4 start, and losing Redd for an extended period of time certainly wouldn’t help its dwindling confidence.

“It’s a deflated, down team, and I don’t like the ‘quit’ word,” Krystkowiak said. “We’re certainly wounded. Not killed.”

Charlotte (11-20), meanwhile, will be playing the first of consecutive home games after its 11th straight road loss, 102-96 against New Jersey on Friday night. In contrast, the Bobcats have been respectable at home, going 10-9.

But Charlotte has lost six of seven overall, as it continues to struggle down the stretch of games.

“It’s frustrating we can’t close these games out,” Bobcats guard Jeff McInnis said. “It’s been happening too many times.”

Turnovers have hurt Charlotte this season. The Bobcats turned the ball over 21 times against the Nets, leading to 29 points for New Jersey, and are averaging 16.0 a contest.

Charlotte also continues to waste strong scoring efforts from Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace. Richardson had 33 points versus the Nets while Wallace added 25, marking the first time two Bobcats have scored at least 20 points in four straight games.

Richardson is averaging 29.3 points in his last seven contests, but Charlotte has lost six times in that span.

“We have to get better,” Richardson said. “You’re going to have bumps and bruises. We have to figure out how to get over the hump and start winning games.”

Milwaukee and Charlotte have split two games this season. In the teams’ last matchup, Bucks rookie Yi Jianlian had a career-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds as Milwaukee won 103-99 on Dec. 22.

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