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Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Central Division rivals square off in the first of a home-and-home set tonight, as the Milwaukee welcome the Indiana to the Bradley Center. The teams will play again on Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The will clinch home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with their next victory or a loss by the Detroit . Indiana is in first place in the Central, 7 1/2 games ahead of the . The are in fifth place in the East, one game behind New Orleans and a 1/2-game ahead of sixth-place Miami.

This is the third meeting of the season between the two squads. Milwaukee has won the previous two contests, winning once at Indiana and once in front of its home crowd.

Indiana comes into tonight's game on a four-game winning streak. On Sunday, , who had miss the previous two games with a knee injury, returned to the lineup and poured in 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the to an 87-80 win over Miami at Conseco Fieldhouse. finished with 18 points and 12 boards in the win.

The are 11-3 in Tuesday games this season. Indiana is an impressive 25-12 on the road.

Milwaukee lost in overtime to the Houston , 111-107, on Sunday at the Bradley Center. poured in 36 points and hauled down 14 rebounds for the , who fell for the 10th time in 13 games.

Redd has scored 20 or more points in four straight games. He has averaged 26.5 points and seven rebounds in that span.

The are 24-12 as the host this season.

The have won three straight over the , who have lost two in a row and six of their last seven at Milwaukee.

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