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Sixers vs. Bucks Preview: Larry Sanders injury, Brandon Jennings rumors not helping

With the all-star break beckoning, the struggling Bucks host the Sixers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday night, with Philly hoping to cut into 8th seeded Milwaukee's three game lead for the East's final playoff spot.

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2012/2013 NBA Season
(25-25, 13-12 home)
(22-28, 6-15 road)
February 13, 2013
BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, WI
7:00 CT
FS Wisconsin | 620 WTMJ
Probable Starters
Brandon Jennings PG Jrue Holiday
Monta Ellis SG Nick Young
Luc Mbah a Moute SF Evan Turner
Ersan Ilyasova PF Lavoy Allen
Samuel Dalembert C Spencer Hawes
2011/12 Advanced Stats
94.5 (4th) Pace 90.6 (22nd)
102.7 (23rd) ORtg 101.2 (29th)
103.9 (9th) DRtg 104.6 (11th)

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Sixer update. Philly returns to the road after a 5-3 homestand that ended with Monday's 107-90 blowout loss to the Clippers. Aside from the always-injured Andrew Bynum, the Sixers are also without starters Thaddeus Young (hamstring) and Jason Richardson (knee surgery), so the Bucks will no doubt be counting on their reserves to inflict some damage on a thinned-out Philly bench.

Larry Sanders out again. It's been a week since Larry Sanders suffered his supposedly "minor" back injury in Denver, yet Milwaukee's first half MVP will miss his fourth straight game tonight. The good news is that this weekend's all-star break will means Sanders has an additional six days to heal up, though the mere fact that he was in Chicago today seeking a second opinion on his back is cause for concern.

The Jennings saga. I'm already sick of writing about it, so let's just say Brandon Jennings reportedly isn't happy in Milwaukee, and the Mavericks might be able to help. Pair this distraction with Jennings' awful recent play and Sanders' absence, and let's just say I'll be impressed if the Bucks can get their act together and pull out a win. The Bucks are of course saying all the right things about maintaining their focus, but tonight will no doubt be a test.