76ers-Bucks Preview

It’s been three years since Philadelphia won four in a row on

the road. Visiting Milwaukee has produced solid results for the

76ers recently.

Surging Philadelphia looks to continue its dominance of the

Bucks when it opens a five-game road trip Saturday night before

heading west.

The 76ers (34-31) have taken both meetings with Milwaukee this

season in Philadelphia and nine of 11 overall in the series. They

have won four of five visits to the Bradley Center since the start

of the 2007-08 season.

Before falling 110-105 in overtime to Oklahoma City on Wednesday

night and beating Eastern Conference-leading Boston 89-86 on Friday

night, Philadelphia extended its road winning streak Tuesday with a

110-100 victory over Indiana.

The Sixers haven’t won four straight outside Philadelphia since

a five-game run from March 1-14, 2008. They are 7-2 in their last

nine on the road after a 5-18 start away from home.

Philadelphia is 17-6 in its last 23 overall and sits in seventh

place in the conference, one-half game behind New York and seven in

front of the Pacers and Charlotte.

“We definitely feel like we’re growing into one of the better

teams in the East,” said forward Elton Brand, who scored a team

high-tying 14 points against the Celtics.

The Sixers head to Utah following this game before concluding

their trip with matchups against the Los Angeles Clippers,

Sacramento and Portland.

“When I look at our schedule and stuff like that, I’m sick to my

stomach,” coach Doug Collins said. “We have to go (on the road for)

five games, Milwaukee on a back-to-back … that is a daunting

task. So we’ve got to play good basketball and find some wins.”

Milwaukee (25-38), one game out of the eighth and final playoff

spot in the East, is trying to tie its season-high winning streak

at three following Wednesday’s 110-90 home victory over


The Bucks had their third-best shooting performance of the

season at 55.1 percent while also scoring their third-most points.

The 20-point victory came a night after they won 95-76 at


“At this point, we’re running out of time,” said reserve guard

Earl Boykins, who had 18 points against the Cavaliers. “It’s time

to win, no matter who the opponent is. If you can get a win, it’s a

good win. So, we’re able to get the back-to-back wins. It’s huge

for us at this point of the season.”

Brandon Jennings also scored 18 for the Bucks, whose last five

losses have come against clubs currently with winning records.

“These are teams we should beat, so you can’t really get too

hyped about it or anything like that,” Jennings said.

Milwaukee averaged 86.5 points and shot 40.8 percent – 19.2 from

3-point range – in the two losses in Philadelphia. The Bucks have

had trouble slowing down Sixers reserve guard Lou Williams, who is

averaging 22.0 points – 8.5 more than his season mark – in the two