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PreHeat: Milwaukee Bucks (13-20) look for revenge at home against the Miami Heat (28-9)

  • Three days after losing to the Heat and with another loss to the Orlando Magic in the interim, the Bucks will attempt a little payback this time in Milwaukee. Brandon Jennings, recently named to the NBA Slam Dunk contest, continues to be sidelined after foot surgery and Carlos Delfino is out after sustaining a concussion but has just received the green light from doctors to rejoin the team and begin practicing again. Michael Redd, as usual, is also unavailable due to ongoing knee issues. Key free agent acquisition Drew Gooden will miss at least 4 more games because of the oddly-named plantar fasciitis.
  • LeBron James is only one block away from 500 in his career. Dwyane Wade is five blocks away from the same milestone.
  • The Heat have won 12 straight games against Eastern Conference teams, the longest such streak since their 2005-06 championship season where they won 14 games from 2/2/06 - 3/19/06. They've also won 11 straight road games and are the only NBA team to have had three separate streaks of 11 or more road victories. Their longest road winning streak is 14 games in 1996. If the Heat can sweep this 5-game road trip then they will tie the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest streak ever at 16.
  • The Bucks have beat the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and twice beaten the Dallas Mavericks since last month despite missing several key players. A return to health for these players for the second half of the season could help the Bucks snare a lower seed in the weak Eastern Conference.
Probable Heat starters: Carlos Arroyo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskas Probable Bucks starters: Keyon Dooling, John Salmons, Ersan Ilyasova, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut

Tipoff: 8:30 p.m., Bradley Center.

TV – Sun Sports, ESPN. Radio - WAXY (790-AM), WQBA (1140-AM, Spanish)