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TEAMS: New York Knicks (0-0) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (0-0).

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: BMO Harris Bradley Center.

BROADCASTS: TV — FS Wisconsin. Radio — AM-620.

ABOUT THE KNICKS: Coach Derek Fisher has been starting a big front line with rookie Kristaps Porzingis at power forward and Robin Lopez at center. Carmelo Anthony is healthy again after missing the last two months of last season following surgery on his left knee. Lopez told New York reporters recently he was dealing with an undisclosed injury but it was "nothing serious." TNT analyst Charles Barkley called the Knicks one of his sleeper teams and said they would make the playoffs after winning just 17 games last season.

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PROBABLE KNICKS STARTERS

G Jose Calderon, 6-3, Spain

G Sasha Vujacic, 6-7, Slovenia

F Carmelo Anthony, 6-8, Syracuse

F Kristaps Porzingis, 7-3, Latvia

C Robin Lopez, 7-0, Stanford

Coach: Derek Fisher (second season, 17-65).

Injury report: Arron Afflalo (sore left hamstring), Lou Amundson (sore lower back) and Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) are doubtful.

PROBABLE BUCKS STARTERS

G Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, Syracuse

G Jerryd Bayless, 6-3, Arizona

F Chris Copeland, 6-8, Colorado

F Khris Middleton, 6-8, Texas A&M

C Greg Monroe, 6-11, Georgetown

Coach: Jason Kidd (second season; third overall, 85-79).

Injury report: Giannis Antetokounmpo (league suspension), Jabari Parker (post-surgery, torn ACL left knee), Tyler Ennis (post-surgery, right shoulder) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) are out.

THE SERIES

The Bucks lead, 101-98, after sweeping the four games last season, including one played in London. Milwaukee is 60-39 at home against New York.

NUMBERS GAME

25.5 Anthony's scoring average against the Bucks last season.

56 Games played with the Knicks by Copeland during the 2012-'13 season.

6.7 Assists per game for Carter-Williams last season, ranking 11th in the NBA.

COMING UP

Friday: 7 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Bucks vs. Washington Wizards. TV — FS Wisconsin. Radio — AM-620.

Sunday: 5 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors. TV — FS Wisconsin. Radio — FM-105.7.
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No Giannis, no Jabari, no problem. It's 2015 and the Knicks are starting Sasha Vujacic; they don't deserve to win...
 
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