http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/preview-048eda8-187553871.htmlBucks (20-18) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (20-19).
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Rose Garden.
BROADCASTS: TV - FS Wisconsin. Radio - AM-620.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Portland has lost four straight games since posting a 92-90 comeback victory over Miami. The Trail Blazers have lost their last two games at the Rose Garden - to Oklahoma City and Cleveland - after winning nine straight at home. Point guard Damian Lillard is the overwhelming favorite to win the league's rookie of the year award. He leads all rookies in scoring (18.1 points) and assists (6.5). Lillard scored a career-high 37 points in a loss at Golden State on Jan. 11. Nicolas Batum has seven or more assists in eight games, ranking second in the league among non-guards to Miami's LeBron James. Batum had 28 points, seven rebounds and five steals against Miami. Former Bucks coach Terry Stotts is in his first year leading the Trail Blazers after serving as an assistant to Rick Carlisle in Dallas and being part of an NBA championship team in 2011. Former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews is Portland's starting shooting guard (15.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists).
PROBABLE TRAIL BLAZERS STARTERS
G Wesley Matthews, 6-5, Marquette
G Damian Lillard, 6-3, Weber State
F Nicolas Batum, 6-8, France
F LaMarcus Aldridge, 6-11, Texas
C J.J. Hickson, 6-9, NC State
Coach: Terry Stotts (first season; fifth overall, 135-187).
Injury report: Meyers Leonard (right ankle) and Elliot Williams (left Achilles tendon) are out.
PROBABLE BUCKS STARTERS
G Monta Ellis, 6-3, Lanier (Miss.)
G B. Jennings, 6-1, Oak Hill (Va.)
F Ersan Ilyasova, 6-10, Turkey
F Luc Mbah a Moute, 6-8, UCLA
C Larry Sanders, 6-11, VCU
Coach: Jim Boylan (first season, 4-2; second overall, 28-34).
Injury report : None.
The Bucks lead, 64-47, and have won the last two meetings. Portland had won eight of nine before Milwaukee swept the season series a year ago. Portland has a 31-24 edge at home.