BUCKS AT WIZARDS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • When the Wizards last played at home on Wednesday, they were dealt an overtime loss – a second straight defeat at the Verizon Center. The setback dropped them into seventh in the Eastern Conference.  Now rookie forward Otto Porter and crew return to face the Bucks and do so coming off a 96-86 road win over the Magic. Combined with a Charlotte loss, the Wizards (41-38) are back in sixth place, one game ahead of the Bobcats. Porter, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft,  finished with career-highs in minutes (26), rebounds (9) while matching a personal best nine points against Orlando.
  • Speaking off coming of a win, the Bucks (15-64) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 119-116 triumph at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Guards Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions combined for 44 points and 11 assists in the victory. However Knight was a late scratch on Saturday with a sore right hip. With O.J. Mayo (sprained right ankle) and others sidelined, the Bucks will have only eight available players.
  • Nene will not play for the Wizards in the back-to-back scenario. The Brazilian big man led Washington with 17 points against the Magic, his second game since returning after missing the previous 21 with a knee injury.
  • The Wizards have taken two of three from the Bucks this season. However, the one loss came at home, 109-105 in overtime on Dec. 6 as Khris Middleton scored a career-high 29 points. Washington took the recent matchup, 114-107 at Milwaukee on Mar. 8.
  • In that previous victory over Milwaukee, Trevor Ariza led Washington with 28 points, making 5 of 7 3-point attempts. On the season the small forward is knocking down an impressive 40.7 percent from the beyond the arc. However, that form hasn’t been around of late. He’s missed 15 of his last 16 attempts and is 0 for 11 over the last three games. The Wizards are collectively 6 of 15 in their last three matchups.

– Ben Standig

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