Raptors host Bucks north of the border
(Sports Network) – The Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors are back home
and will welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to the Air Canada Centre this evening.
The Raptors are four games ahead of New Jersey in the standings and have won
three of their last four games, including Wednesday’s 106-90 victory over the
Houston Rockets in the finale of a three-game road trip.
Rookie Andrea Bargnani scored 20 points to lead the way at the Toyota Center,
while T.J. Ford added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in the win. Kris
Humphries also had 16 points and six rebounds, while Jose Calderon finished
with 14 points and six assists.
Toronto, which has won 10 of its last 13 games, is back at the Air Canada
Center where it owns a 20-8 record this season. In injury news, guard Anthony
Parker (ankle) is doubtful for Friday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Bucks have won two in a row since ending their season-high
seven-game losing streak. On Tuesday they posted a 122-101 win over the Golden
State Warriors at the Bradley Center, as Michael Redd poured in 31 points and
Charlie Bell reached double digits for the 19th straight time with 20 points.
Andrew Bogut scored 13 points to go along with 14 rebounds, while Ruben
Patterson added 19 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which posted its first
season sweep of the Warriors since the 2002-03 season.
Mo Williams added 16 points and a season-high 13 assists for the Bucks.
Milwaukee, which is last in the Central Division, has lost 11 straight as the
visitor and owns an 8-25 road mark this season. On the injury front, guard
Earl Boykins (thumb) is questionable for tonight’s game. Boykins has missed
the last three games because of the problem.
Friday’s showdown between Milwaukee and Toronto is the third of four meetings
this season. The Raptors have won both encounters so far, while the fourth
matchup will take place on March 12 at the Bradley Center.
The Raptors have won three of the last four meetings with Milwaukee, which has
dropped its last two visits to the Air Canada Center.