MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ersan Ilyasova is expected to return to the injury-riddled Bucks on Wednesday night against New Orleans after the forward missed two games with back spasms.
Coach Larry Drew planned to start the 6-foot-10 Ilyasova, giving the frontcourt another body to defend against Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who is averaging 20.7 points.
Backup forward Epke Udoh will also miss Wednesday night's game with a knee injury, while it's unclear when forward Caron Butler (ankle) and guard O.J. Mayo (illness/conditioning) will return.
The Bucks, an NBA-worst 9-42, planned to start its 23rd different lineup of the season Wednesday.