After a disappointing six-game road trip, the Philadelphia 76ers return home Tuesday hoping it's their turn to take advantage of a struggling road team.
The 76ers will look to end a three-game losing streak host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Philadelphia (14-20) went 2-4 during the road trip, closing the stretch with a 109-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The 76ers had six players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Andre Miller, but it wasn't enough to overcome 38 points by their former teammate, Allen Iverson.
Despite the loss, Iverson was complimentary of his former team.
"They've got a lot of talent on that team. They've got a lot of guys that can do things, and they've got a lot of guys that care, guys with pride," he said.
"I just hope they continue to play hard and play every game like it's their last. I just wish them well. ... I just want to see things get better for them."
Philadelphia hopes a return home will help it avoid matching a season-high losing streak set in early November. The Sixers are 7-9 at home, compared to 7-11 on the road. They won't spend much time at the Wachovia Center, however, since they play four of their next five on the road following Tuesday's game.
Philadelphia has won four of its last six against Milwaukee (13-20) at home, and now hopes to take advantage of the Bucks' season-long road struggles. Milwaukee is 4-15 on the road, although it has won its last two away from home.
The Bucks are coming off a 93-89 road win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday. The win was only the second in the last seven games for Milwaukee, which is in last place in the Central Division.
Charlie Bell fell two points shy of matching his career high with 27 points and Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 25 points.
Leading scorer Michael Redd missed his second straight game because of a deep thigh bruise. Redd, who averages 23.4 points, is considered day-to-day.
Bell came off the bench Sunday after starting for Redd on Friday in a 101-77 loss to Washington. Bell was 0-for-6 from the field Friday, but bounced back to make 11-of-18 shots from the field Sunday to go with six rebounds.
Bell has been dismal for most of the season, shooting just under 31 percent and averaging 4.8 points after shooting over 43 percent and averaging 13.5 points last season. He averaged 17.3 points in three games last season against Philadelphia.
The Bucks have won five of the last eight overall meetings against the Sixers, who won 114-99 on the road Nov. 27 in the only meeting this season.
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