CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- After a strong first half, rookie Emeka Okafor hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday when his Charlotte Bobcats host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Okafor, who averaged 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds before the All-Star break, was bothered by a sprained left ankle prior to the layoff.

He missed five games earlier this month and then re-aggravated the injury in his return outing vs. the Miami Heat on February 11 and sat out the next three.

Without Okafor in their first-half finale, the Bobcats posted a 94-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Kareem Rush led five players in double figures with 20 points and Primoz Brezec added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

The win snapped Charlotte's seven-game losing streak, including three in a row at home.

The Bucks had won five of six games before dropping a pair heading into the break, including a 108-90 loss to the New York Knicks on February 16.

Toni Kukoc scored 20 points, but Milwaukee struggled without leading scorer Michael Redd, who sat out his third straight game with a sprained left index finger.

With five days of rest, Redd should be ready to go Tuesday.

Redd scored 27 points in a 99-92 win over Charlotte on January 17, the first meeting between the teams.